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The songs of Nick Drake get under your skin, insinuating their way into your consciousness through the gentle contours of their melody lines and the expressive urgency of their lyrics.
And though Drake died in 1974, at age 26, with a slender discography to his credit, his work has been savored by contemporary audiences and reinterpreted by new generations of artists, among them the genre-breaking jazz pianist Brad Mehldau and, now, the Polish-born, Chicago-based jazz singer Grazyna Auguscik.
If Mehldau has captured listeners' attention by recording select Drake songs on stylistically far-flung releases, Auguscik has dug deeply into this work, devoting an entire album to Drake's oeuvre. This weekend, she'll be singing music from "Man Behind the Sun: Songs of Nick Drake" at the Green Mill, an atmospheric room uniquely suited to Drake's moody, introspective art.
9 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $12; 773-878-5552 or greenmilljazz.com
November 15, 2012