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Friday November 05, 2010

from the New York Times

Jazz Listings for Nov. 5-11

Brad Mehldau’s ‘Highway Rider’ (Tuesday) “Highway Rider” (Nonesuch), produced by Jon Brion, was this year’s most luxurious jazz release, a double album with Romantic underpinnings and a stealth foothold in classic rock. Brad Mehldau wrote all of the music, including the tensile string arrangements, and played piano alongside a cohort of peers: the saxophonist Joshua Redman, the bassist Larry Grenadier and the drummers Matt Chamberlain and Jeff Ballard. This concert, which inaugurates Mr. Mehldau’s composer residency at Carnegie Hall, will feature all of the above with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, which is set to warm up with some Shostakovich. At 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall , (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $48 and $56; limited tickets may be available on the day of the show. (Chinen)

Anat Cohen (Wednesday and Thursday) Ms. Cohen, a clarinetist of reliable ebullience, works in two complimentary settings next week, beginning on Wednesday, with a quartet featuring the pianist Jason Lindner, the bass player Joe Martin and the drummer Daniel Freedman. On Thursday she engages in warm duologue with the guitarist Howard Alden, who qualifies as an avuncular elder. Wednesday at 8 and 9:30 p.m., Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, Gowanus, Brooklyn, (718) 855-3388, littlefieldnyc.com; $14, with a $6 drink minimum; $7, with a $3 drink minimum for under 21. Thursday at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Bar Next Door, 129 Macdougal Street, near West Third Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 529-5945, lalanternacaffe.com; $12 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Chris Potter’s Underground (Wednesday) The saxophonist Chris Potter has an improvisational approach that’s intellectual and athletic in equal measure, and he pushes it to the fore with Underground, a jazz-rock quartet that spotlights the shared exertions of Adam Rogers on guitar, Craig Taborn on Fender Rhodes piano and Nate Smith on drums. At 9:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall , (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $38 and $48. (Chinen)

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