You could have knocked over some experienced jazz listeners with a feather.
Sure, we knew all about Keith Jarrett's truly sublime and magisterial group called his "Standards Trio." But one of the last players that we might have expected to appear in something called a "Standards Trio" was the great 39-year-old guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, whose sound has a lot of the hard rock edge that was brought into jazz by Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin and John Scofield (all in entirely different ways).
And yet that's what Rosenwinkel called the group on his last disc, which means that the jazz guitarist who brings his trio to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery at 3 p.m. Sunday in its Art of Jazz Series is, by conservative estimate, three different jazz guitarists in one (and a totally compelling player no matter which one is holding forth on a particular tune).
His trio, too, is first rate, with Ted Poor on drums and Matt Clohesy on bass.
The afternoon will begin at 2 p.m. with the series' curator, Bruce Eaton, in a preconcert conversation with Rick Strauss on "The Evolution of Sound In Jazz Guitar."
-- Jeff Simon