Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Contemporary jazz has recently moved away from the rock fusions and back forward more ethnic and traditional roots.
Monday night's double bill at the Cellar Door proved to be a showcase for several styles and traditions, which were executed within the most modern of frameworks.
Egberto Gismonti, a Brazilian musician whose influences come from many directions, Monday night blended them into a unique exhibition. Gismonti played an eight-string guitar as well as piano and various native instruments. His compositions hinted at bossa nova, American swing, Indian sitar ragas and African tribal chants. While his playing was a bit harder than peers like Ralph Towner, the overall effect was as warm.
Vibraphonist Gary Burton has played with veterans like Stephane Grappelli and modernists like Chick Corea. Monday night, his set was more electric than some in the past, but he retained his gentle touch and fluid dexterity. Burton usually highlights a young player in his quartet, and this time it was trumpeter Toru Okoshi. Okoshi was especially tasteful on Keith Jarrett's "Coral" and easily mixed with longtime sidemen Steve Swallo (bass) and Bob Moses (drums) on tunes by Carla Bley, Corea and Swallow.