Steve Lehman, Saxophonist, at Le Poisson Rouge


Steve Lehman, a quietly dazzling saxophonist, is the stylistic progeny of at least two imposing modern-jazz masters, Anthony Braxton and Jackie McLean. In a string of potent albums he has shown a proclivity for intense improvisation, a taste for rhythmic entanglements with pianists and drummers, and a penchant for surrounding himself with like-minded performers. So the music Mr. Lehman makes must be jazz, right?

Not so fast. Mr. Lehman, a doctoral candidate in composition at Columbia University, is also a resourceful creator of intricately detailed contemporary classical concert works, some of which show the influence of teachers like Tristan Murail and Alvin Lucier. One, “Impossible Flow,” had its premiere during a concert by the International Contemporary Ensemble at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday evening, as part of the ensemble’s ICELab series.

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