Skittishness is part of the saxophonist’s art, and it keeps everyone—his bands, his audiences—on their toes. After a quarter century of refinement, though, the M-BASE lingo he helped birth has a refined feel. The rhythms are still full of the clever juxtapositions that keep the music crackling, but they integrate with the solos so well that clarity is omnipresent. This band is filled with players who know what’s what.
Aug. 3-8, 9 & 11 p.m., 2010