Jazz Twists From Steve Lehman and His Octet at the Stone

English: Steve Lehman, moers festival 2010
English: Steve Lehman, moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Mr. Lehman, an alto saxophonist and composer of rigorous disposition, was in the process of workshopping a batch of new music for his octet, and there could be no mistaking the originality of the enterprise, certainly not by that point in the set. The ensemble had already spun through some radically reimagined material by the pianist Bud Powell, whose music usually gets filed under the rubric of bebop; it had played deep-focus music of Mr. Lehman’s own progressive design. A phrase like “completely different,” under the circumstances, wasn’t a disclaimer so much as a rallying cry.