Pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste
, a New Orleans native now based in New York, is a boundlessly talented prodigy, and on the recent Social Music
(Razor & Tie) he seems hell-bent on showing off his range. The scion of a musical family that’s long had an outsize presence in Crescent City jazz, Batiste leads his nimble band, Stay Human, in a breathless rush through rock, soul, ragtime, gospel, jazz, folk-rock, blues, and more (including an overblown solo piano reimagining of the national anthem). By the time it’s over, though, I haven’t gotten much sense of his musical personality, unless you count the suspicion that he may have a short attention span. I assume the group stretches out live, but on the album it doesn’t linger long enough on any one thing for it to really sink in. —Peter Margasak This show is part of the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival.