The ever-engaging pianist loves to dissect his cultural history, and the traditions of Panama help define his work as a bandleader. His latest album offers the longest look yet, using a killer band to scrutinize everything from Balboa’s historic arrival to rural village frolic. It’s both impressive as scholarship and engaging as performance. This gig’s rhythm section speaks for itself, but watch out for the violinist, he’s sneaky.
Fri., Feb. 7, 9:30 p.m., 2014