Weekend Ideas: February 14, 2014


Valentine’s weekend spins some fine musical twists, with rock, folk and R&B sandwiched by world-class jazz. Acoustic bassist Dave Holland has juggled a few different jazz projects in recent years, but his latest quartet slips closer to the electric fusion he helped pioneer with Miles Davis in the late ’60s. He’s found a worthy cast in Prism with keyboardist Craig Taborn (ex-sideman for Dave Douglas and James Carter), drummer Eric Harland (currently in Charles Lloyd’s quartet) and guitarist Kevin Eubanks, a late ’80s Holland associate who took a detour as bandleader on the “The Tonight Show.” Expect more challenging detours from Holland’s Prism as the group closes a two-night stand at the Regattabar on Friday. Or for a more conventional touch of romance that same night, feisty jazz-blues vocalist Catherine Russell might do the trick to light your fire at Scullers Jazz Club

More upbeat options for the night of Valentine’s Day include Irish rockers Kodaline, floating their Coldplay-like appeal at the Paradise, and Brookline native Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s homecoming at the Sinclair with guest Ruby Rose Fox. Reed’s known for his powerhouse R&B/soul persona, but the singer’s expected to stretch into contemporary pop territory on his upcoming Warner Brothers debut. Advance single “Woo Hoo” rides a stuttering electro-dub backdrop that makes Bruno Mars sound retro.

Boston-based pianist Danilo Perez may be best known of late for his trailblazing improvisations with the Wayne Shorter Quartet, but he’s also released a stream of outstanding albums as a leader. The latest, Panama 500, may be his best yet – or at least the most far-reaching as a tribute to his homeland, encompassing jazz, classical and folkloric elements. The album’s split between two trios, one with Shorter bandmates John Patitucci and Brian Blade, the other with his longtime trio mates Ben Street and Adam Cruz, who join Perez at Scullers Jazz Club on Saturday and Sunday, including a matinee. Violinist Alex Hargreaves, one of Perez’s former students from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and Cuban percussionist Roman Diaz augment the pianist’s group for this stand.

Soulful, Laurel Canyon-styled rockers Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers also play the Sinclair with the likewise folky Joe Pug on Saturday. And Sunday, classic-rock fans can surrender to Cheap Trick at Lynn Auditorium. Apart from the messy replacement of drummer Bun E. Carlos with guitarist Rick Nielson’s son Daxx, it’s the same band that infamously rocked Budokan, with singer Robin Zander and bassist Tom Petersson joining the hammy Nielsen and his collection of multi-themed and even multi-necked guitars.

Finally, for this week’s throwback, with singer/guitarist Stephen Malkmus bringing the latest edition of his fine band the Jicks to the Paradise on Feb. 25, here’s a full 1999 show with his wooly original outfit, the legendary Pavement.

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