The pianist enjoys ironing out the wrinkles of a tune and, as the recent Live at Smoke reminds us, he’s got several ways of rendering creative tension. Flexibility is a forte, so whether employing dissonance to keep his team on their toes or dropping counterpoint maneuvers to underscore the zest of a performance, his work shows how the modern jazz mainstream is proud of its leftie forebears. Long story short, he sometimes enjoys wrinkling up a well-pressed tune, too.
Wed., Sept. 2, 9 & 10:30 p.m., 2009
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 1, 2009