Some years ago, the alto saxophonist made an album which integrated his love of South Asian music and funk and hip-hop and electronic music and kitchen sinks. He’s finally getting to tour that music now, and it’s electric — literally and otherwise.
The drummer is certainly no stranger to prestigious festival stages, but is usually as a member of the supporting cast. An innovator within jazz traditions, Nash gets a share of the spotlight when he leads this classic quintet lineup.
Nearing 70, the master drummer is as dynamic as ever. For his second gig at Newport, he opens his Rolodex to welcome leading lights like guitarist Lionel Loueke and bassist Christian McBride, and even duets on piano with Jason Moran.
Ken Peplowski, Evan Christopher and Anat Cohen are three of the today’s top practitioners of the licorice stick. Backed by a band proficient in time-honored and broad-shouldered styles of the Swing Era, this reedy convocation generates plenty of fireworks.