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CHICAGO CITY LIMITS

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There’s an uncontainable quality to Chicago composer and bassist Matt Ulery’s lush, lyrical music: Both 2012’s By a Little Light and his powerful new In the Ivory overflowed onto two CDs without wearing out their welcome. On the latter, Ulery leads a core quartet that adds violinist Zack Brock to longtime trio mates Rob Clearfield (piano) and Jon Deitemyer (drums), the contemporary ensemble Eighth Blackbird adds texture and heft to Ulery’s smart minimalist moves, and Grazyna Auguscik sings Ulery’s poetic lines with cool grace. The title alludes to the prime improvisational real estate commandeered by Clearfield, whose dazzling solos serve as magical glue binding everything together. The entire cast will make its first New York appearance here, with Brock’s quartet opening.

Tue., Oct. 14, 8 p.m., 2014