Multi-woodwind expert Steve Lugerner's solo outing for this Lithuania-based progressive/avant-jazz record label enters the market as a limited edition of only 500 LPs. Get them while they last, as some would say. And it's a very distinctive performance, duly capturing the earthy attributes of this all-star lineup's contrasting song forms and extraordinary synergy, clocking in at 32 minutes and recorded with analog equipment.
escalates the proceedings with his resonating notes to spark a tightly knit vibe that projects clarity of execution amid playful passages within a regimented flow. Wilson kicks it into overdrive with a poetic, medium-tempo solo that restructures the primary melody. With chamber-like moments or offbeat tonal swashes, the program's variable outline skirts avant metrics, spanning austerity and introspection, along with Lugerner's manifold phrasings, executed on an arsenal of woodwinds.
ignites a delicate ballad on "For We Have Heard," as Johnston's extended notes and animated runs paint a broad backdrop for Lugerner's meticulously rendered lines, often casting a sense of isolation. The band revisits a less-pronounced march motif on "All Those Kings," featuring Lugerner's soulful alto sax choruses and counterbalancing output with Johnston as they engage in a moderately heated dialogue. Meanwhile, Melford constructs a rumbling undertow as the musicians navigate off-course, rendering linear unison lines and odd-metered time signatures. They uncannily articulate a malleable soundscape that proposes an additional source of interest.
Indeed, Lugerner is a wise soul who possesses a deep-rooted artistic persona via his markedly unique compositional style, paralleling his astute leadership.
Track Listing: Us and Our Fathers; When a Long Blast is Sounded; Drove Out Before Us;
Be Strong and Resolute; Before Our Very Eyes; Through Whose Midst We
Passed; For We Have Heard; Up From The Land; All Those Kings; Our
Children in Time
Personnel: Steven Lugerner: Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, English Horn, soprano
and alto saxophones, flute, alto flute; Darren Johnston: trumpet; Myra
Melford: piano; Matt Wilson; drums.