Jason Lindner: Now Vs. Now (2009)
"Time Together," "Can't Chase Time" and "Far," featuring Baba Israel, lay out the album's communal and musical foundation. The tide of the music is contemporary, atmospheric and notably rhythmic. Lindner's keyboard and acoustic piano work changes up the predominant electric keyboard/bass guitar combinations, extended consistently by the drums. He caresses the piano keys in the lilting melodic line of the centerpiece, "Friendship and Love (aka Pretty Three)."
The male and female vocalists and the instrumental solos furnish sporadic tonal quality and texture to an already expansive and diversified music. The last track, "Ahimsa," completes the circuit of meaning to Lindner's carefully designed record with a richly expressed, persistent piano ostinato, intermingled with spoken words by Arun Gandhi, both of which converge on the idea of Do No Harm.
Track Listing: Time Together; Can't Chase Time; Seven Ways; Friendship and Love (aka Pretty Three); Far; Worrisome; Big Pump; Subterranean Train-Travelin'; New Jersey Ballad; Ahimsa.
Personnel: Jason Lindner: keyboards/piano; Panagiotis Andreou: vocals, electric bass: Mark Giuliana: drums; Baba Israel: beatboxer, vocals; Pedrito Martinez: congas, vocals; Yosvany Terry: chekere; Avishai Cohen: trumpet (3, 10); Anat Cohen: saxophone and pandeiro (10); Kurt Rosenwinkel: guitar(10); Francis Velasquez Guevara: vocals (5); MeShell Ndegneocello: vocals(7).
Record Label: Anzic Records
Style: Fringes of Jazz