Last fall at the Jazz Gallery, this West Coast octet fried several minds with original material and nods to deities from Ornette Coleman to Horace Silver. They're great for both iconic repertory and pointed individualism. Now comes their first pop move, and early listens indicate that it's loose-limbed and groove-friendly fare. You wouldn't want "Superstition" done any other way, and although it's said that "My Cherie Amour" is a show-stopper, I bet they make hay with "Sir Duke," too.
March 31-April 3, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2011