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Rising star

Abundance is good. The essence of civilization, some say. So blessed is the horn of plenty and everything that tumbles out of it. It's just that, among the discerning, an abundance of some things is better than an abundance of some others. Jazz, at the moment, is blessed with two different cornucopias -- new young jazz singers recording weekly (it seems) to catch some of Diana Krall's commercial juju and pianists under the age of 45.

It's the latter that ought to be fabled in song and story, what with Jason Moran, Hiromi Uehara, Brad Mehldau, D.D. Jackson, Taylor Eigsti (not to mention a raft of them from Israel of all places).

Of them all, three of the most enthusiastically written about are John Medeski of Medeski, Martin and Wood, Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus, and Robert Glasper, who is thought to be as at home as a sensitive trio performer as he is with hip-hop (he's played with Terence Blanchard and Christian McBride but also the Roots and, yes, Kanye West). This is jazz for a hip-hop age.

With Glasper's Trio coming to the Albright-Knox Gallery Art of Jazz series at 3 p.m. Sunday, Buffalo is availing itself of still further redefinition of the Art of the Jazz Piano trio in the 21st century. Glasper's accompanists are bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Mark Colenburg, and they're expected to go right into the recording studio after the gig for a new disc. So what audiences will hear is something of a disc preview.

At 2 p.m. series curator Bruce Eaton will discuss the groundswell of young jazz in a discussion called "The Future Is Now." Tickets for the concert are $25 for gallery members and $29 for nonmembers. Call 270-8292.

-- Jeff Simon

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