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PHOTOS & GIG REVIEW: TIME OUT CHICAGO: Orchestra Hall
4/4/2013 (updated 4/4/2013)

Harris, Crowell, Thompson at Orchestra Hall | Photos and review

Richard Thompson is another act who bears the enviable semi-burden of a deep catalog with far more good stuff than bad. Indeed, at 63 Thompson has rarely recorded a weak track, and he certainly never fails when it comes to inventive guitar flash. As the focus of a great trio rounded out by bassist Taras Prodaniuk and drummer Michael Jerome, Thompson showed an unerring knack for melody and wit (lyrical and musical) even as he unleashed one killer solo after the next, dropping jaws during the electric "Can't Win" and doing it again later with "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," an acoustic ditty (and another new standard) whose nooks and crannies Thompson has never stopped exploring. It was the kind of set, truncated or no, that no act would want to follow, which is perhaps why Crowell and Harris invited Thompson back on stage for Crowell's “Ain't Living Long Like This," letting him loose to trade solos with Hughes as fellow legends Crowell and Harris smiled on in wonderment.

Joshua Klein, Time Out Chicago

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