Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Monday, January 21

Since the release of Elvis’ 1956 debut album, several artists have paid homage to its classic cover (y’know, the one with pink/green lettering that frames a classic black-and-white photo). The Clash did it for their 1979 jammer, London Calling. The most recent is last year’s Cyrus Plays Elvis, wherein jazz-gospel pianist Cyrus Chestnut and his backing trio cover such Presley classics as “Love Me Tender,” “In the Ghetto,” and “Suspicious Minds.” Borrowing heavily from Ramsey Lewis’ post-bop interpretations of ’60s pop, the group sounds like it should be the house band for a bar scene in Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty for Me or even an episode of The Rockford Files or Quincy (those guys always frequented cool cocktail lounges). So dust off your favorite butterfly collar and check out the always-smooth Cyrus Chestnut.JUSTIN F. FARRAR

Mon., Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2008

 
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