Composer Ken Berman is sometimes compared to Keith Jarrett; that's a compliment. But the Ken Berman Trio's music makes us think more of drinking strong tea in the avenues on a socked-in foggy day than of any particular compere the local music prof may have. It's contemplative jazz, gentle but without a trace of fluff or artifice. Berman's favored in Paris and Los Angeles, where jazz critic Scott Yanow called his piano work "both swinging and thoughtful." The trio also features Kai Eckhardt on electric bass and Akira Tana on drums. Catch them tonight in the interesting company of many, many pianos and the high-class acoustics of a music store.
Sat., April 12, 8 p.m., 2008