Ben Allison Band
The jazz bassist is a cagey composer, but he yields to other writers for the bulk of the new Action-Refraction. Tonight offers an improv session that underscores melody while connecting the dots between such gems as PJ Harvey's "Missed" (who knew it was a spy theme?) and the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" (who knew schmaltz could be significant?). With reeds, guitar, and synth providing the textures, the band will form a rich tumult on stage. Don't let 'em leave without smooching that Donny Hathaway hymn.
Tue., April 12, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Wed., April 13, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2011
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