Swan song for Gary Burton?
Vibraphonist Gary Burton has been a four-mallet master for more than 55 years. At 75, his playing still sounds robust, urbane and versatile, though he has threatened that these duets with his former Berklee student, star Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone, are part of his farewell tour. They have released two discs together: The first included Monk, some Ozone originals, songs from Jobim and Astor Piazzolla; the second a take on Euroclassical music and the American Songbook. Both were deceptively rapid but ever dulcet, like a limo exceeding the speed limit without spilling a drop of bubbly. (7 and 9 p.m. Wed., Dakota, Mpls.; $20-$40, dakotacooks.com)
The core duo of Blood Quantum, Erik Fratzke and Tim Glenn call their music “fractal doom for strings and percussion. Dissecting simultaneities within drone grids and folkloric electronics.” Or, more succinctly, “experimental music.” After a monthly residence at Bryant Lake Bowl, they’ve been frequenting the Khyber. Their occasional guest guitarist Luke Polipnick from Omaha will sit in. (9 p.m. Thu., Khyber Pass Café, St. Paul; $5, khyberpasscafe.com)
Latin bop hero
Brian Lynch is a trumpeter who straddles the driving blues changes of hard bop and the clave rhythms of Latin jazz with an aplomb, as his stints with Art Blakey, Eddie Palmieri and Phil Woods attest. It’s a treat to catch Lynch at an intimate supper club, especially backed by the remarkable young pianist Emmet Cohen, with whom he recorded the crackling bop disc “Questioned Answer” three years ago. (6:30 and 8:30 p.m., Sun., Crooners Lounge, Fridley; $20-$25, croonersloungemn.com)
A night after appearing with Brian Lynch, the Emmet Cohen Trio settles in for a two-day residency at Jazz Central. Cohen is one of those earnest students who kept his head down and ears open until he became something of a keyboard revelation. He was superb with Herlin Riley at the Detroit Jazz Festival last summer and is out on the road with the likes of bassist Christian McBride and vocalist Kurt Elling when he isn’t developing his own band. (7 and 9 p.m. Mon. and Tue., Jazz Central, Mpls.; suggested donation $10, jazzcentralstudios.org)