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Abraham Burton Trio 

When: Sun., May 22, 6 & 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $15

A disciple of Jackie McLean, Abraham Burton is one of the great, unheralded saxophonists of his generation. He's known for having a phenomenal ear and an equally phenomenal sense of time, meaning he can shift meters with the precision of a drummer. More important, Burton runs his trio as a collective. He prefers to play with people he's known for a very long time -- namely, drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Eric Revis, who will accompany Burton when he graces the EastBay for the Malcolm X Jazz Festival this weekend. On Saturday Burton will share a stage with Latin percussionist John Santos and Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets. On Sunday, he'll headline two trio sets. Given his command of dynamics and dazzlingly technical phrases, it should be a fantastic show. At San Antonio Park (1701 East 19th St., Oakland) on Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Eastside Cultural Center (2277 International Blvd., Oakland) on Sunday, May 22, 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. $15. EastSideArtsAlliance.com

— Rachel Swan

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