George Cables Trio • jazz
Jazz pianist George Cables, who plays at the Outpost Performance Space on Saturday, Nov. 21, has navigated an influential career in jazz by asserting the importance of the group over the individual. His stress on the importance of the foundational force in all ensembles—the rhythm section—led to an output both cohesive and innovative. One of the great living jazz pianists, Cables has jammed with fellow luminaries like Dexter Gordon, Max Roach, Woody Shaw and Dizzy Gillespie. Currently at work on his solo and small group oeuvre, Cables is performing as part of a trio that includes bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis.
Though the pianist's bebop and hard bop background continues to influence his output, the new work demonstrates a kinetic lyricism that reflects Cables assertion, "I don't feel that one should be stuck in the mud playing the same old stuff all the time, trying to prove that this music is valid. We don't need to prove anything. But I think you really have to be responsive to your heritage and then go on and find your own voice." Admission is between $15-20. Outpost Performance Space • Sat Nov 21 • 7:30pm • $15-$20 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar