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Kurt Rosenwinkel Group Soundboard

When: Thu., March 3, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., March 4, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., March 5, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., March 6, 4, 8 & 10 p.m. 2011

On his most recent album, Our Secret World (Word of Mouth Music), guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel feasts upon seven richly inventive orchestrations of his own tunes by three associates of Portuguese big band Orquestra de Jazz de Matosinhos. Their arrangements don't merely adapt Rosenwinkel's compositions for a large group; instead, they throw new angles, fresh counterpoint, and reharmonized parts at the guitarist. For a player like Rosenwinkel, who's at his best when exploring the outer edges of harmony, this reinvention presented the ultimate opportunity. "I feel like I'm inside a Cubist painting of my own song," he wrote in the album's liner notes. For this local engagement he'll perform in a small group with more familiar collaborators (pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Ben Street, and drummer Ted Poor), but his improvisations should still burrow into every chord, looking for something new. —Peter Margasak

Price: $20

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