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Chicago Jazz Festival 2013

Mark Corroto By

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The highlight of the final night at the Pritzker , was Hamid Drake's Bindu playing Reggaeology (Rogue Art, 2010). His band of trombonists Jeff Albert and Jeb Bishop, Jeff Parker (guitar), Josh Abrams (bass) and beatbox singer Napoleon Maddox from Iswhat?! was augmented by Chicago vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz. Drake's music unites listeners. Here, he mixed the popular music of Reggae with the improvisation of jazz. Fans who like jazz, but don't care for ska and rocksteady, were drawn into its pulse, while the jazz-uninitiated couldn't help but identify with the flights of improvisation from the familiar.

All this music in just one weekend, and oh yes, the sounds described about were just the tip of the Chicago iceberg.

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All Photos: Mel Corroto

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