Expression may be paramount, but grace remains a sought-after element of jazz. The ever-maturing tenor saxophonist keeps seeking on the new That Nepenthetic Place, where his swirling quartet is occasionally thickened by a couple extra horns. The lush designs Stephens draws definitely keep things feisty, yet the takeaway is obvious: This is music with muscle.Dayna Stephens
Fri., April 26, 9 & 10:30 p.m., 2013
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