Friday, April 20, 2012

Steve Lehman - Dialect Florescent (Pi Recordings, 2012)

It's fascinating in retrospect that some of alto saxophonist Steve Lehman's classmates sarcastically chided him by referring to him as "Mr. Bebop." Lehman is now at the forefront of modern jazz and is pushing the boundaries ever further with each release. He paced himself by learning from masters like Jackie McLean and Anthony Braxton, becoming very capable of weaving all of the elements of jazz into a unique and coherent voice. Accompanied by Matt Brewer on bass and Damion Reid on drums, the group makes for a taught and exciting group. They play with aggressive commitment to forward thinking improvisational music, bringing laser like focus and strong listening skills. Balancing jazz classics like John Coltrane's ”Moment's Notice" and Duke Pearson's ”Jeannine” with his own labyrinthine compositions such as ”Foster Brothers” and ”Alloy” the group expresses their feelings beautifully and makes great music in the process. Dialect Fluorescent -