Ben Allison Group @ Birdland through the 19th

One of the most intriguing bandleaders in town, the bassist is always recalibrating his ensembles to fit whatever he’s hearing in his head. Often it’s swirl of crosshatched ideas articulated with precision and elan – even at their most agitated, there’s a streak of grace running through Allison’s intricate tunes. This particular band is a who’s-who of local heavyweights – Steve Cardenas, Rudy Royston, Jeremy Pelt and Ted Nash. Bet they kill this week

Birdland, 315 West 44th Street. 212-581-3080.

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