Even when tackling material as familiar as Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine," drummer/composer/arranger Cindy Blackman manages to fill every twist and turn with the unexpected.

Even when tackling material as familiar as Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine," drummer/composer/arranger Cindy Blackman manages to fill every twist and turn with the unexpected. Not that there is anything particularly revolutionary about Blackman's approach—this is straight-ahead hard bop, with electric piano touches that give the music a slight fusion feel. But Blackman's aggressive, rhythmically charged drumming leads the quartet in any number of directions, weaving in and out of the music with polyrhythmic bursts and in-the-pocket grooves that put her own distinct stamp on the music. Her original compositions, such as the stately "Call to the Ancestors," show Blackman to be a fine composer, and, if anything, the project would only benefit from more works from the leader's pen. If Blackman's face looks familiar, she alternates her jazz work with a long-standing gig as Lenny Kravitz's drummer. Contact 212-873-2020.—SG