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If you follow any given genre of music closely you soon discover a bewildering maze of subtly differentiated subgenres. In jazz alone there’s trad, swing, bebop, cool jazz, Third Stream, fusion, acid jazz, and many more permutations.

One of pianist/composer Bill Bares’ recent projects has its roots in hard bop, an extension of bebop that in the 1950s emphasized elements of R&B, gospel and blues in jazz compositions. To further explore his original music Bares has gathered a cast of Asheville jazz all-stars as The Core, who will perform at White Horse Black Mountain on Wednesday, March 29.

The Core reunites the original members of Hard Bop Explosion (Bares on piano, Justin Ray on trumpet, Jacob Rodriguez on sax, bassist Zack Page and drummer Evan Martin) and reboots the band as a modern jazz group playing all-original music in a format that allows for more risk-taking, chemistry and spontaneous interaction.

At White Horse, they’ll be stage-testing soon-to-be-recorded compositions as they define and refine the group’s musical aesthetic.

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Who: The Core

When: 7:30 p.m. March 29

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $10 advance, $12 door, $6 students

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