There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
The voices of some musicians become so associated with the sound of a noted band leader that their solo efforts unjustly fall short under comparative scrutiny. Such is the case of saxophonist and flutist T.K. Blue (also known as Talib Kibwe), who’s worked for the past decade with pianist Randy Weston’s various ensembles. Like Weston, Blue expresses his deep love for the music of the African diaspora, whether it’s through sprinkling some post-bop excursion with kalimba passages or scripting enchanting compositions with titles—”Evening Prayer,” “Chant for Peace Eternal,” “Crossings”— that evoke enduring Pan-African themes. And while his new album, Another Blue, doesn’t boast the singular vision of Weston’s African musical portraits, it also doesn’t attempt to ape the visionary composer’s ominous grooves. Instead, the album offers glimpses of Blue’s bittersweet melodicism, rhythmic drive, and versatility, which should all shine brightly today at 12:30 p.m. at Borders, 18th & L Streets NW, free, (202) 466-4999, and at 8 and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Rear, $16, (202) 337-4141. (John Murph)