Steve Lehman Trio: Dialect Fluorescent (2012)

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Track review of "Foster Brothers"

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Steve Lehman Trio: Dialect Fluorescent
Among studies with new music icons, reedman Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
b.1945
reeds
and trombonist George Lewis
George Lewis
George Lewis
b.1952
trombone
, alto saxophonist Steve Lehman has emerged as an important figures in the recent shift towards a more radical spin on jazz. Pushing the envelope is a common thrust for Lehman, who historically enjoys working within a tight-knit trio setting. On this release, he tenders a fervent mix of jazz standards and originals.

Lehman's chromatic attack features a sweet-toned sound, often dissected with rippling flurries and brazen firepower to contrast a surfeit of alternating rhythmic excursions. On "Foster Brothers," the trio exercises some muscle for a fractured yet disciplined odd-metered burner, touching upon funk amid snappy unison choruses. Lehman kicks matters into tenth-gear as drummer Damion Reed pushes the pulse with peppery beats, while bassist Matt Brewer
Matt Brewer
Matt Brewer
b.1983
bass
's firm bottom anchors the trio for a melody, largely devised upon an oscillating groove. It's an energized bump-and-grind motif that accentuates Lehman's shrewd improvisational skills and personalized approach to complex harmonic formats, influenced by unconventional modulations.

Personnel: Steve Lehman: alto saxophone; Matt Brewer: bass; Damion Reid: Drums.

Record Label: Pi Recordings


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