Signed to the Chess Records subsidiary, Earic, at age 15, Alan Gerber's musical path since has perhaps not been marked by fame, but has been notable for the quality of his work. Producer Paul Rothchild picked Gerber to head up the late '60s supergroup, Rhinoceros, which put his soulful vocal skills to excellent use. Three records of heavy, r&b-soaked rock later, Gerber left to pursue a solo career that found him working with everyone from Bob Dylan to Lou Reed. Re-emerging in the mid-'90s sounding more inspired and energetic than ever, Gerber has recently released some of the finest music of his career. With 1994's Chicken Walk, he made an album steeped in the humidity of a swampy New Orleans evening. His voice sounds more relaxed, if a bit rougher, but what really makes Gerber a performer of note is his sweeping piano style - he's equally adept at boogie-woogie and more traditional blues.