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When: Thu., Sept. 8, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., Sept. 9, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., Sept. 10, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 11, 4, 8 & 10 p.m. 2016

“This Is Not Fear,” the opening track from the Robert Glasper Experiment’s new album ArtScience (out 9/16 on Blue Note), jumps out of the gate with some ultrabrisk postbop as the darting saxophone of Casey Benjamin conjures Ornette Coleman at his most elliptical. But then the pianist Glasper shifts to a series of melancholy chords as he talks about exploring the musical styles created by African-Americans. For the next hour and ten minutes the quartet engages in a variety of sounds, though it never returns to the swing feel that starts the record. The new album was designed to more directly involve each member of the group, which also includes bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Mark Colenburg—every member wrote or cowrote material. Glasper himself sings on a number of songs, but Benjamin handles the lion’s share of the vocals on a set of tunes that’s unabashedly R&B-driven; imagine plenty of keyboard solos couched firmly within humid, afterhours grooves. This week Glasper ducks into town for a stint with his trio, which has more or less become his jazz vehicle—though the lines blur more with each passing year. His acoustic band includes bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid.

Peter Margasak

Price: $30-$50

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