Seemingly way ahead of the curve throughout his lengthy career, saxophonist/flautist Charles Lloyd continues at age 72 to create definitive contemporary jazz with one of the premier bands in the business. Always keenly attuned to historic jazz influences, notably including gospel, Lloyd also was a pioneer in his experiments with free jazz, jazz fusion, and world music, all of whose threads still weave through his music. Lloyd's New Quartet features three incomparable players in their 30s, each redefining their instruments: pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland. The group's just-released first studio album, Mirror, follows up 2008's live Rabo de Nube and is distinguished by sparklingly beautiful, deeply ruminative explorations of standards, Lloyd originals, a pair of Thelonious Monk tunes, Brian Wilson's "Caroline, No" (Lloyd sometimes played with the Beach Boys in the '70s), a trio of vividly revised spirituals, and several tunes with international influences. As such, it's a kind of microcosm of Lloyd's career, but doesn't at all feel like a retrospective. Instead it's Lloyd, often playing alto instead of his more customary tenor, and the band's visionary take on the timeless, luminous music from different sources woven together with sublime ensemble work. This Dakota appearance is one of only five the band will make this fall, with an expanded tour expected next year. $50 at 7 p.m.; $35 at 9:30 p.m.
Thu., Sept. 30, 2010