Vestiges of the old head-solo-head structure, the familiar but still viable blueprint for bebop combos everywhere, were recognizable in Astral Project's approach to all things jazz during a January daytime gig at a cocktail lounge inside New Orleans's gargantuan Hyatt Regency. The quintet, easily one of the Crescent City's most cohesive, experienced, and adventurous instrumental bands, might have been holding back a bit for their audience at the International Association of Jazz Educators convention; curious professors, students, DJs, journalists, and other music-industry types converged on the... More >>>