Mr. Roberts filled the set largely with material from a new album, “New Orleans Meets Harlem Vol. 1” (J Master), his first in eight years. As on the album, he was leading a version of his longtime working trio, featuring Jason Marsalis on drums. But perhaps because of a substitution in the bass chair — Rodney Jordan fills in this week for Roland Guerin — the group’s rapport felt more reserved than usual. At times the schematic rigor of its arrangements exerted a faintly perceptible drag on the music.
That was the case, to one degree or another, on the set’s three Fats Waller tunes: a decorously restrained “Jitterbug Waltz”; a sluggish “Honeysuckle Rose,” designed as a bass feature; and a version of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” uneasily bracketed by a Latin vamp.