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Vincent Chancey 

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Calling Vincent Chancey one of the best french hornists in jazz is a sort of backhanded compliment--after all, there are only about five altogether--but there's nothing wishy-washy about his playing. His tone, strong and comparatively rough, dovetails with his swingy control of the instrument's tough fingering system, while his respect for the horn's idiosyncrasies lets him play pure jazz without turning the instrument into some sort of exotic trombone. Chancey is hardly a household name--except maybe in the Sun Ra, Lester Bowie, Carla Bley, and David Murray households, since he's played for all of them--and this is his first shot at Chicago. He'll be accompanied by local heroes Hamid Drake (drums) and Kent Kessler (bass), making for a lineup of personalities no less intriguing than the instrumentation. Saturday, 8 PM, Jazz Record Mart, 11 W. Grand; 222-1467.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Leo Krumpholz.

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