Borrowing from the inverse-square law of physics and photography, we see the number of shows increase by inverse-square proportion to the waning length of days in the run-up to Thanksgiving. Got that? Shorter days = more shows.
A simpler cultural observation: the Album rocks on.
Tonight, the Rochmon Record Club studies/enjoys the Beatles’ classic album “Abbey Road” at WAMC’s The Linda, while British folk-rock band Renaissance plays its “Ashes are Burning” album and more Saturday at The Egg, and jazz drummer Billy Cobham celebrates both his 75th birthday and his influential album “Crosswinds” at The Egg on Wednesday.
Gilles Martin, son of original producer George Martin, remixed The Beatles’ 11th album, “Abbey Road,” in 5.1 Surround Sound, and WAMC recently revamped its sound system at the Linda (339 Central Ave., Albany) to handle this powerful new version of the well-loved album. It’s also available now in a three-CD “anniversary” Super Deluxe version at around $100. But the Rochmon Record Club idea is to listen together, and to enjoy rare video and other material as Rochmon Chuck Vosganian presents both the album itself and insights on the band’s process and progress on their last-ever project together. 7:30 p.m., doors 6:30. $10 518-465-5233 www.thelinda.org
Renaissance titles its 50th anniversary tour after its fourth album (1973) “Ashes are Burning,” heart of several retrospectives since founding singer Annie Haslam and songwriter Michael Dunford (deceased, 2012) reformed the band in 2009. Renaissance now features Haslam, lead vocals; Rave Tesar and Geoffrey Langley, keyboards; Leo Traversa, bass; Frank Pagano, drums; and Mark Lambert, guitars. As on previous recent tours, the band brings orchestral backing by the Renaissance Chamber Orchestra.
Behind Haslam’s famously wide-ranging voice, the band plays in classical/prog-rock grandeur. 8 p.m. $39.50, $34.50. 518-473-1845 www.theegg.org
Staying with the album recall idea, and at The Egg, on Wednesday jazz-fusion drums great Billy Cobham recreates his groundbreaking “Crosswinds” album, released the year after “Ashes.” An ambitious composer with something to say, as well as a percussion powerhouse, Cobham arguably reached past the achievements of his previous gig with John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra (1971-76, 1984-87) or Miles Davis’s “Jack Johnson” (1971). Horn and keyboard arrangements weave lush, deep melodic and harmonic sophistication, but the music swings, rocks to restlessly propulsive effect. Trumpeter Randy Brecker (Cobham’s mate in the rock band Dreams) returns from the original album, with Fareed Haque, guitar; Tim Landers, bass; Scott Tibbs, keyboards; and Paul Hanson, reeds. 7:30 p.m. $36
Also Wednesday, at The Egg, St. Paul & the Broken Bones rock southern soul-style, matching youthful fire and veteran assurance. They’ve released only three albums — “Young Sick Camellia” just hit — but that’s easily enough to rock the house, and they open for the Rolling Stones and play every TV show with live music. The band is over-the-top singer Paul Janeway with bassist Jesse Phillips, guitarist Browan Lollar, drummer Andrew Lee, keyboardist Al Gamble and a horn mob of Allen Branstetter, trumpet; Chad Fisher, trombone; and Amari Ansari, saxophone. 8 p.m. $60, $40
Another young veteran band of assurance and skill visits this busy week. The Colorado progressive bluegrass crew Yonder Mountain String Band plays Putnam Place (63 Putnam St., Saratoga Springs) on Saturday. In 2,100 shows and a dozen albums over 20 years, YMSB has evolved a strong, virtuoso “new-grass” approach. YMSB is Adam Aijala, guitar; Ben Kauffman, bass; Dave Johnson, banjo; Jacob Joliff, mandolin; and Allie Kral, violin. They’re road-testing tunes for a new album. 7 pm. $27.50 advance, $30 day of. 518-886-9585 www.putnamplace.com
Singer Veronica Swift is the young daughter of jazzers pianist Hod O’Brien and singer Stephanie Nakasian. She plays A Place for Jazz (Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Ave.) Friday, after a smash performance with her trio at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival (SPAC) in June. Swift brings the whole package: musical power, sophisticated understanding of song, engaging personality and an instrument’s freedom when she cuts loose to skat without words. 7:30 p.m. $20 adults, $10 students. 518-393-4011 www.aplaceforjazz.org
Caffe Lena’s (47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs) all-star Linda Ronstadt tribute “Just One Look” Friday is sold out.
Tickets are still available for tonight’s guaranteed-lively showcase by the Burning Hell folk trio from Canada with hot local jazz-folk openers the Useless Cans. 7 p.m. $16 advance, $18 door, $9 students and children. 518-583-0022 www.caffelena.org. Also, (fellow Canadian) singer-songwriter Ariana Gillis sings at the Caffe on Saturday. 8 p.m. $18, $20, $10. And the Iberi Choir from the Republic of Georgia (the European one, not the one with Atlanta) harmonizes, big-time, on Sunday. They were spellbinding at Music Haven. 7 p.m. $22, $25, $12.50
Sometimes political/always persuasive Irish singer-songwriter Tommy Sands sings Sunday at the Eighth Step at Proctors (Fenimore Gallery, second floor, 432 State St., Schenectady). A Step favorite for decades, Sands played Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden. He’s hosted the radio show “Country Ceili” since 1976, and Sing Out! Magazine hails him as “the most powerful songwriter in Ireland, if not the rest of the world.” 7 p.m. $25 advance, $28 day of, $40 front and center. 518-434-1703 www.8thstep.org
Texas hard-country rocker Dale Watson returns to the Hangar (675 River St., Troy) on Sunday. Lloyd Maines (who played J.B. Scott’s with Joe Ely way back in the day and trained daughter Natalie to be lead Dixie Chick) produced Watson’s new “Call Me Insane” album. The “silver-pompadoured, baritone-beltin’, Lone Star Beer-drinkin’, honky-tonk hellraiser” (as The Austin Chronicle sees him) has plenty more where those fresh tunes came from — tales of life down a long and dusty dirt road, between the ditches. His Lone Stars band is Don Pawlak, pedal steel; Mike Bernal, drums; and Chris Crepps, bass. $25. 518-272-9740 www.thehangaronthehudson.com