OUT ON A LIMB: Rob Clearfield (far right) is pictured with his jazz-inflected group Information Superhighway.

Beyond versatile

Rob Clearfield

Every so often there's a new talent who sounds like bottled lightning. Chicagoan Rob Clearfield, not yet 30, is blessed as well with a relentless work ethic. Cur­rently playing in at least half a dozen musical projects, Clearfield also provides music at two Chicago churches. On the piano, he is equally comfortable pounding out old-school gospel and improvising a suite; he'll also pick up an electric guitar and produce sonic washes à la U2 or Pink Floyd.


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