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Ambrose Akinmusire

The music on the wily trumpeter’s new the imagined savior is far easier to paint sounds familiar but acts unique. That makes for a seductive tension. You feel like you know where you are — graceful percussion rattles, soaring horn, bluesy mischief — but you’ve often got one foot planted in parts unknown. From art songs by Becca Stevens and Theo Bleckman to Ecclesiastes references regarding destiny, Akinmusire’s opus aims for the head while sating the body. Be prepare to be swept away this week.

March 13-16, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2014

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Gretchen Parlato

They say the flute is the closest thing to the human voice, but on the contrary, Gretchen Parlato’s lithe, airy voice is quite possibly the closest thing to the flute. Tonight, she’s joined by Beninese guitarist anfellow Thelonious Monk Institute alum Lionel Loueke and North Carolina chanteuse Becca Stevens, who incorporate their own folk traditions into an evolving take on jazz composition. With Loueke’s West African tongue clicking vocal percussion as the only rhythmic backdrop, listen carefully. These three pack a harmonically complex wallop, but this jazz should go down as smooth as anything to hit Carnegie Hall without ever veering into smooth jazz territory.

Fri., March 9, 10 p.m., 2012