Voice Choices

John Surman Quartet

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Every move made by the British saxophonist has a lithe tinge, even the syncopated stuff. It comes from the way he stresses agility. On the new Brewster’s Rooster, his entire quartet (Abercrombie, DeJohnette, Gress) achieves a lighthearted symmetry by following the boss’s lead. Even the dramatic moments feel playful, as if the only job at hand is tickling each other into deeper creativity. He doesn’t do domestic dates often, so this is a great chance to hear his bari and soprano up close, especially on that Strayhorn nugget.

Sept. 1-5, 8:30 & 11 p.m., 2009

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