The Algerian-born drummer Errol Parker often convenes groups of New York's journeymen jazz musicians as the Errol Parker Tentet. Friday at Wollman Auditorium, Broadway at 115th Street, the group played circumscribed but invigorating big-band music.
Mr. Parker's arrangements of his own tunes and pieces by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Billy Strayhorn are bustling affairs in which the band's two trumpets, four saxophones and trombone usually mesh for thick chords or multiple, intertwined solos.
Meanwhile, Mr. Parker's drum patterns push the band like pistons.His drum set has a conga in place of a snare drum, and his rhythms center on tom-toms and bass drum, suggesting African music. Mr. Parker stays out of the spotlight; in Friday's first set, there were only a few seconds of solo drums.
Instead, he knocks out Afro-Latin grooves that propel such strong, fluent soloists as Rory Stuart on guitar, Steve Coleman, Doug Harris and Bill Saxton on saxophones and Wallace Roney on trumpet.