Sure, sure. Everyone knows the trouble with jazz – too archaic, too arcane, too smart, too artsy, too free, too little involved with the body’s viscera or waggling behinds, among other body parts.
True or not true (got six months? the debate will take that long), something happening in jazz to counter all that is the increasing prominence of Latin jazz. It’s at least half the jazz being recorded today.
Few of the current heroes of current Latin jazz are more interesting than Yosvany Terry, a barn-burning Cuban alto saxophonist who, as do so many Latin jazz players, frequently works with one or more drummers, and a percussionist, with the idea of shaking the devil out of what a primal Afro-Cuban jazz musician once happily referred to as the “rhythmstick.”
Listen to Terry’s Criss Cross disc “Today’s Opinion” and you’ll hear along with very hot polyrhythmic and passionate lines an enormous amount of harmonic adventure.
His band will appear as part of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Art of Jazz series in the gallery auditorium (1285 Elmwood Ave.) at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $29, $24 for members.
– Jeff Simon