Rudresh Mahanthappa

Jazz has been syncretizing since it started. And while some of the multi-culti fusions of recent years seemed driven more by downtown fashion than sonic potential, the cross-border approach—at its best—is doing a lot to keep jazz interesting. An outstanding case-in-point is saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, whose trio, known as the Indo-Pak Coalition, melds Indian motifs and avant-hard-bop into something brilliantly compelling. Earshot fans will be familiar with the Boulder-bred saxophonist from his visits with pianist Vijay Iyer, but the sitar-guitar/tabla format he’s working with here opens up space for him to really connect. The conceptual never displaces the emotional in this band, which features beautiful, on-edge guitar work from Rez Abbasi. It’s an adventurous booking for a venue like the KPC, and deserving of support. MARK D. FEFER

Fri., March 12, 8 p.m., 2010

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