Marcus Roberts Trio
It's all about fluidity and groove. The pianist has more than a little Ahmad Jamal in him, and that sense of melodic derring-do gives him the green light to motor around a tune's outer regions. The classics that he likes to stick with ("In Walked Bud," "Jitterbug Waltz") get bent in all sorts of ways that stress informality even as they illustrate (rather killer) chops.
Dec. 21-27, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 25-26, 11:30 p.m., 2009
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