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Kenny Barron Trio Soundboard Recommended

When: Thu., Nov. 17, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., Nov. 18, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., Nov. 19, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 20, 4 & 8 p.m. 2011

Kenny Barron is the consummate modern jazz pianist: he has a complete command of the music's vocabulary, and gently shapes it into new dialects. For more than five decades he's been a first-call accompanist, and over the years he's made plenty of superb recordings as a leader that reveal the evolving calculus of his talents; he's never stopped ingeniously incorporating new developments into his masterful postbop. There's a good reason he got the call to play with Ornette Coleman for the saxophonist's historic four-night stint at Lincoln Center in 1997—he knows how to work well with others, no matter how idiosyncratic they might be. His most recent album, Minor Blues, is a trio session with bassist George Mraz and drummer Ben Riley for the conservative Japanese label Venus; it consists of standards and one Barron original (the title track), on which he stays deep in the tradition. The group's performances are elegant and varied, and Barron plays with tasteful restraint, subtly bringing new life to the hoariest of chestnuts. For this engagement he's joined by bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Lee Pearson. —Peter Margasak

Price: $20-$25

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