Whether he’s rockin’ some rip-snort excursions with Marc Ribot or getting textural with Rob Mazurek, the drummer’s got his ear deeply tuned into the personality of the music at hand. His recent Circle Down places him in a freewheeling piano trio whose lyrical bent is balanced by some engaging abstractions. This trio’s ideas spill forward, even when a measured approach is in play. That gives bassist Chris Lightcap and pianist Angelica Sanchez a genuinely unusual momentum to milk.
Fri., Jan. 29, 8 p.m., 2010