In the 1950’s, the Dave Brubeck Quartet began experimenting with time, particularly odd-meters and polyrhythms. The resulting compositions, which would have sunk lesser musicians, are Brubeck’s most enduring works — the wonky “Raggy Waltz,” the luscious “Blue Rondo A La Turk,” and “Take Five,” which would go on to become the best-selling jazz single of all time. The pianist performs at the 92nd street Y.
If your tastes lean towards contemporary college radio, spend some time with Seattle art-pop ensemble the Dead Science at Webster Hall.
Theodore Bikel, who co-founded the Newport Folk Festival, acted alongside Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen, and served (by Presidential appointment) on the National Council for the Arts, has also managed to record twenty albums of Jewish folk songs throughout his interminably odd career. He sings tonight at Carnegie Hall with Alan Alda, Arlo Guthrie, and others.
Plenty of critics, it seems, are falling for the plaintive folk of Americana revivalists the Low Anthem. The trio celebrate their new contract with Nonesuch Records at Bowery Ballroom.