The drummer boasts obvious vitality, but it's the nuance central to his muscular moves that really lift his music. He chops at traditional grooves until they no longer sound shopworn, yet sustains a pulse that keeps swingin' familiarity. He peppers his youthful crew with all sorts of interrogations, demanding they think on their feet and dodge predictable tropes with the same verve he exhibits. Not bad for an 85-year-old. As Sonny Rollins recently put it, "Roy is incomprehensible."
Dec. 7-11, 8:30 & 11 p.m., 2010