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Mostly Coltrane, pianist Steve Kuhn’s recent nod to his ex-employer’s sublime book, manages to glisten with spirit while throwing some punches. In July, he and Joe Lovano kicked a one-nighter at this club, bringing plenty of physicality to their genuflection. Kuhn’s boppish nature was way up front, and the saxophonist waxed incisive on tunes that stretched from romantic to rowdy. Four more evening’s worth of action should turn rumbles such as “Configuration” and prayers like “Welcome” toward some kind of enraptured zenith, a place where Coltrane himself was always headed.
Sept. 23-26, 8:30 & 11 p.m., 2009