On his latest live solo CD “Precipice,” the Chicago-born pianist and professor weaves through both original compositions and re-readings of some favorite standards. He starts with a masterful medley consisting of his “Free Prelude,” Cole Porter’s “What Is This Thing Called Love” and John Coltrane’s “Fifth House” divided into two distinctive parts that both highlights his ability as an improviser and as an interpreter. He continues with a beautiful rendition of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Out of My Dreams,” which is followed by the original “Deluge,” which sets the tone for the remainder of the concert.
For his upcoming Chicago appearance, however, Zeitlin will be joined by his usual trio, which is rounded out by Buster Williams (bass) and Matt Wilson (drums). The three musicians have great chemistry together, as evidenced by last year’s fantastic “In Concert” (Sunnyside Records). Williams is highly influenced by the work of Charles Mingus, and his own inspired solos are worth the ticket alone. (Ernest Barteldes)
June 11 and June 12, Club Blujazz, 1540 West North, (773)360-8046, 8pm & 9:45pm. $30.