's last Octet album, so we're now voracious for more expanded material. Right at the start, his alto saxophone is briefly alone, and then the entire ensemble weighs in, earthy yet finely controlled. Chris Dingman
's customised vibraphone is absolutely central to the sound of these Lehman originals, most of which are notably brief and pointed in their attack. At a mere 40 minutes, this is a very succinct jazz album, in the old-time way.
It might not be immediately apparent to the listener, but Lehman has taken the bones of three Bud Powell
growls and the leader makes agitated squiggles, against the backdrop (or foredrop) of turbulent flow, punctured by sudden emphatic detonations. Dingman produces clouds of luminous vibes-dust, as "Glass Enclosure Transcription" is driven by a rugged Jose Davila
's turn for a potent bass rumble, topped by a nimble 'bone solo, with bonus electro-whorls. By the climactic stretch, they're all sounding somewhat like a futuristic reincarnation of the Count Basie band.
Personnel: Steve Lehman: alto saxophone, electronics; Jonathan Finlayson: trumpet; Mark Shim: tenor saxophone; Tim Albright: trombone; Chris Dingman: vibraphone; Jose Davila: tuba; Drew Gress: bass; Tyshawn Sorey: drums.