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On his recent debut, Metamorphosis (Kindred Rhythm), Cuban expat saxophonist Yosvany Terry Cabrera makes a strong case for what seems to be a developing strain of Latin jazz. Among the many leaders Terry's worked for since moving to New York in 1999 is Steve Coleman, and here he takes the dense polyrhythms and hard funk characteristic of Coleman's work and pairs them with a more lyrical, traditionally Latin sense of melody. With help from trumpeter Avishai Cohen, Terry embroiders his themes with sturdy yet nimble improvisation, nonchalantly shifting and weaving over wide-open harmonies. Occasionally his arrangements get caught up in postfusion busyness, particularly in some of the unison lines for horns, piano, and guitar--but more often the musicians' technical rigor serves to power the soloing. If there's anything wrong with the record it's that Terry yields too much space to his collaborators, which is one reason this gig promises to be exciting: he's playing with a stripped-down quartet (his brother Yunior Terry Cabrera on bass, pianist Osmany Paredes, and drummer Justin Brown) that ought to give him more time in the spotlight. Sat 7/1, 8 PM, HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo, 312-362-9707, $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

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