In a multi-generational career bridging the swing-era stylings of Sarah Vaughan, the hard bop of Dexter Gordon, the electric incarnation of the Miles Davis Quintet, the free jazz of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and years of avant-garde fusion with Herbie Hancock, Buster Williams is an axis mundi of the jazz world. Or maybe just the jazz version of Rufus from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Confounding the ambiguous definition of jazz at the time that he’s embodying it, Williams walks the meanest basslines and sits harder than anyone on bass pedals into oblivion. But no matter how far out he takes it, he always returns to the source.
Fri., Feb. 10, 8 & 10 p.m., 2012