For Blue Note Records’ 75th birthday party tonight, pianists Robert Glasper and Jason Moran will reprise some of the four-handed duets the boogie-woogie pioneers Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis recorded in 1939 for the venerable jazz label’s maiden release. This Winter Jazzfest concert will also find Glasper and Moran performing personal benchmarks from later in the label’s formidable catalog alongside saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, singer Bilal, bassist Alan Hampton, and drummer Eric Harland. Although it began with Ammons and Lewis’s proto-rock ’n’ roll, the label founded by German-born Alfred Lion and Communist writer Max Margulis would eventually come to signify a bespoke outlet for quality experimentalism, and Glasper’s and Moran’s samplings should be deeper than most.
Wed., Jan. 8, 8 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 1, 2014