The veteran pianist has a place in his heart for pretty moments, but doesn't bar the door when provocative elements come knocking. The new Balloons makes room for both, featuring extended pieces that give his colleagues room to wax both radiant and tempestuous. The front line on these Blue Note gigs--guitarist Lionel Loueke and saxophonist Miguel Zenon--is expert at each of those temperaments and will surely raise the eloquence level. Each night's early show features a Werner collab with harmonica king Toots Thielemans and guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves.
April 5-10, 10:30 p.m., 2011