Just because the titillating Historicity is largely a covers disc doesn’t mean the pianist has taken his eye off the ball writing-wise. It simply means that he’s as strong a programmer as he is a conceptualist—which is way strong. His jittery trio is a working band whose members foreshadow each other’s maneuvers and mop up after each other’s spills. Whether applying their clattering swing to pieces by M.I.A. or Andrew Hill, they’re dedicated to messing with rhythmic expectations—that goes for the West Side Story nugget, too.
Nov. 6-8, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2009
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 3, 2009