SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Along with Max Roach and Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes is one of the surviving drummers who made a definite imprint on the rhythmic pulse of bebop. After more than 50 years of driving ensembles led by everyone from John Coltrane to Chick Corea and belated international recognition, Haynes’ playing is still the quintessence of hip. His rhythmic ingenuity is always sharp and flexible, while his execution is cleaner than a broke-dicked dog. And ultracool drummers like Cindy Blackman, Eric Harland, and Nasheet Waits are currently citing Haynes as a major influence. Haynes’ masterful juxtaposition of airtight grooves and loose-booty swing is wonderfully captured on his latest album, The Roy Haynes Trio Featuring Danilo Perez and John Patitucci. Although the album evenly divides live and studio performances of erstwhile bebop classics by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, and Miles Davis, the trio is hardly trying to capture a vintage 52nd Street vibe. With spry rhythmic attacks from Haynes, the youthful support playing of Perez and Patitucci, and a telekinetic energy throughout, the music sounds as fresh as anything coming out of New York’s underground. The only thing throwback about The Roy Haynes Trio is its sheer musicality—which reminds you of the days when superb playing was succinctly called “baadd.” Haynes’ trio performs at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Rear. $22.50. (202) 337-4141. (John Murph) NOTE: THESE ARE UNCORRECTED. PLEASE SEE GREENS AND LASERS FOR CORRECTIONS.