Chicago Underground Duo

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The Chicago Underground Duo—that’s cornetist/keyboardist Rob Mazurek and drummer/percussionist Chad Taylor—have got real flair, replete with a sound that’s evocative of a much larger ensemble. For 17 years, the two have worked together in a variety of Mazurek-led ensembles—Chicago Underground Trio (with bass player Noel Kupersmith) and Chicago Underground Quartet (with Kupersmith and guitarist Jeff Parker) among them—as well as separately with their own respective side projects. With roots in the avant-garde realm of improvisatory jazz, Mazurek and Taylor have managed to transcend into a rarified area of conceptualized music, building layer upon tantalizing layer of rich tonality for thrilled audiences.

By blending modern forms of electronica and other synth-heavy genres with a wide tapestry of a robust ethnic folk, the duo’s most recent work, Locus, delves deeper into the world of ambient music and free-form play. It’s clear the men of CUD are incredibly well-trained musicians in their own regard. But by combining the complexity of two virtuosos performing these esoteric arrangements and the actual density of the music itself, the Chicago Underground Duo has bravely set itself apart from its sonic peers, constantly seeking—and finding—new ground to explore in still-yet-undiscovered territories of contemporary jazz. // KENNEDY ALLEN

8:15pm. $15. With Tim Motzer & Bart Miltenberger Duo. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. 267.639.4528. bootandsaddlephilly.com

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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