John Scofield, Michael Eckroth, Ben Street, and Greg Hutchinson; Ravi Coltrane, Robert Hurst, and Karriem Riggins Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Nov. 11, 8 p.m. 2011

In recent years veteran guitarist John Scofield has broadened his audience by emphasizing groove, whether collaborating with Medeski, Martin & Wood or New Orleans funk musicians, but this hasn't diminished his total engagement with jazz. The new A Moment's Peace (Emarcy) features a top-shelf band with pianist and organist Larry Goldings, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Brian Blade, but the meticulously pitched performances are so quiet and delicate that at first listen you might not notice the sophistication of the improvised interplay. Many of Scofield's original pieces are built on pretty, slow-moving melodies that make this group dynamic transparent—some, like "Simply Put" and "Plain Song," have titles that seem to suggest he's chosen a focused, back-to-basics approach—but the most exciting performances come on classics like "I Want to Talk About You" (a Coltrane number) or "Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You," where Scofield refracts some of Albert King's favorite tricks through a jazz prism. Tonight the guitarist leads a different quartet with pianist Michael Eckroth, bassist Ben Street, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. —Peter Margasak The trio of Ravi Coltrane, Robert Hurst, and Karriem Riggins opens.

Price: $26-$85

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