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MONDAY 11.24

Ahmad Jamal

Dakota Jazz Club

Influential jazz piano icon Ahmad Jamal continues showing off his impeccable technique and exploring fresh facets of his inimitable style on his latest recording, It's Magic (Dreyfus). But most of all he seems to be having lots of fun, showing off profound joy and impish humor in his abrupt shifts in rhythm and dynamics, and eruptions from spacious melodies into furious flourishes of notes—both Jamal trademarks. Odd bits of "Eleanor Rigby," "Old Man River," and less identifiable quotes stray into his pieces, which include jaunty covers of the Sesame Street ditty "Sing" and the Sammy Kahn/Jules Styne title track, and a more contemplative run through the standard "The Way You Look Tonight." With percussionist Manolo Badrena joining longstanding Jamal collaborators James Cammack (bass) and Idris Muhammad (drums), Jamal's "Back to the Island" sizzles on an array of Caribbean rhythms boiling atop Muhammad's New Orleans shuffle. Badrena also gives added dimension to Jamal's lushly melodic "Swahililand" and a dynamic new composition, "Fitnah." Cammack and Badrena will join Jamal at the Dakota, along with drummer James Johnson III. $40 at 7 p.m.; $25 at 9:30 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. Also Tuesday and Wednesday. —Rick Mason

 

TUESDAY 11.25

Nine Inch Nails

Target Center

Doctor's orders prevented Trent Reznor from taking the stage to play in Minneapolis this past summer, but Nine Inch Nails will attempt to make good as they return to the Target Center, playing a rescheduled show with Japanese drone-rockers Boris. It's increasingly difficult to know what to expect from Reznor and crew, but recent reviews suggest that concertgoers are in for one of the most visually stunning stage shows that any band has ever produced. Coupled with roughly two hours of music spanning the past two decades, including tracks from the band's five discs released this year alone, and a booming set from Boris, who will be returning to town three days later to play the Triple Rock Social Club, fans are sure to be in for a night that they won't soon forget. $39.50-$47.50. 6:30 p.m. 600 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.673.0900. Chris DeLine

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