Tonight: Fahir Atakoglu at Jazz Alley, Vieux Farka Toure at Neumos

Fahir Atakoglu. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729. 7:30 p.m. $24.50. You can easily hear the jingle-writing, soundtrack-composing side of this Istanbul-born pianist. There's a certain density of emotion that contrasts with the ambiguous, elusive nature of a lot of modern jazz. And that's all to the good, especially when the guy can play his ass off, too, recalling Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, and the dude from The Bad Plus. After many years' success playing commercially in Turkey, Atakoglu is only just starting to get noticed in U.S. jazz circles. And with perfectly chosen sidemen--bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez--giving his music both heft and flight, his highly likable fusion of international styles should be a well-deserved hit. MARK D. FEFER

Vieux Farka Toure. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $15. Vieux Farka Touré is known mostly as the son of the late Ali Farka Touré, who is known mostly by those who are into Malian music and African desert blues. In other words, this show isn't exactly one that'll have all of Seattle pushing into Neumos--but maybe it should. Vieux Farka Touré takes the foundation of folk and blues that made his father a legend and slams into it with sizzling guitar solos, reckless jams, a few dub beats and pure, absolute rock and roll for a new generation. MARY PAULINE DIAZ

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