Performances Reviews

The Winter Jazzfest Marathon Unfolds

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The Saturday night performance by the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa’s new quintet, at the Minetta Lane Theater, seemed like a perfect example of these eruptions. Mr. Mahanthappa, like a lot of current bandleaders, uses history as a disguised stimulus; here he presented a set of new pieces based indirectly on Charlie Parker compositions, in melodic fragments, rhythmic phrasing and general structure, if you really squint. (You’d probably have to be told that “Chillin’” was based on Parker’s “Relaxin’ at Camarillo,” but once you know, you marvel at it.)