Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Sunday, August 2, 2009
Steve Lehman Octet – Travail, Transformation, And Flow (Pi Recordings, 2009) ***½

Saturday, August 1, 2009
Mêlée + Joe Morris – Cloud Atlas Quartet (Brokenresearch, 2009) ****½

Friday, July 31, 2009
Torben Snekkestad – Conic Folded (Ilk, 2009) ****

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Nick Howell & Collin Thomas – Floor Fifty (Self Published, 2009) ***½

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Julian F. Thayer – The Door Is Open (KSJazz, 2009) ****½

Monday, July 27, 2009
Joe Morris – Wildlife (AUM Fidelity, 2009) ****

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Performances Reviews

Steve Lehman: Finding an Asymmetrical Pulse at Le Poisson Rouge


One misperception about jazz, insidious enough to be shared by many of its proponents, is that the music adheres to a rigid code. But like any language, jazz accommodates mutation; it’s subject to the whims of usage. That doesn’t mean the music must respond to every new signal, but it does mean there’s still a place for substantive innovation.

Steve Lehman, a studiously intense alto saxophonist and composer, brought these issues to the fore at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday night. He was leading his octet, the same group featured on a staunchly contemporary new album, “Travail, Transformation and Flow” (Pi). As on the album, his compositions proposed a whorl of luminous dissonance and off-kilter propulsion, suggesting trace fragments of electronic dance music. They also recalled the more adventurous strains of 1960s postbop, in spirit if not in style.

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