As soon as he strikes the keys, you feel his authority. Each of the pianist’s left-hand riffs brings new weight to the sober Afro-centricism of his ensemble music, and their trance qualities are magisterial. Tempo is key with this band; classics such as “Blue Moses” move at their own pace, always glancing around to account for unexpected ideas that crop up. He celebrates his 84th birthday with special guests at the club on April 6.
April 6-11, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2010