Steve Lehman: On Meaning (2007)
Nevertheless, Lehman is already making massive strides towards establishing his own territory, if he hasn't already done so. A 2007 duo performance at New York's The Stone with trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson premiered a fresh set of striking compositions that melded both horns into a single beast, but often relying on each other jointly to complete a full phrase or solo. It's the same on this disc, as the horns joust above a billowing bed of vibes and bass, the latter provided by Drew Gress, an actual refugee from The Claudia Quintet. Tyshawn Sorey completes the lineup, his drum patterns often having more of a dialogue with the horns than the bass or vibraphone.
The players share, then swap roles, constantly redefining their place and orientation within the tune-frame. To mention another influence (this is still assuredly Lehman's music!), surely the composer has been listening to the controlled stuttering structures of Frank Zappa, or at least Edgard Varèse. This is the new Cool School (oh no, yet another precedent!)...
Track Listing: Analog Moment; Open Music; Haiku d'Etat Transcription; Curse Fraction; Check This Out; On Meaning; Great Plains Of Algiers; Process.
Personnel: Steve Lehman: alto saxophone; Jonathan Finlayson: trumpet; Chris Dingman: vibraphone; Drew Gress: bass; Tyshawn Sorey: drums.
Record Label: Pi Recordings
Style: Modern Jazz