Jason Stein Quartet: The Story This Time (2011)
In opening with Warne Marsh's "Background Music" Stein serves notice of his knowledge, too. The combination of his horn and Keefe Jackson's tenor sax results in a fractious line of sonorous distinction. The leader is busy in his solo while Jackson alludes to the song's composer in a pleasingly unanticipated way.
The inclusion of compositions by both Lee Konitz and Lennie Tristano suggests some stylistic allegiance, but the former's "Palo Alto" receives a treatment which by turns takes in the abstract and the composed. Again Stein and Jackson come up with new colors simply through playing the head together, while bassist Joshua Abrams and drummer Frank Rosaly prove themselves exponents of the kind of constructive interventionism of which Tristano would have thoroughly disapproved.
Stein's "Hoke's Dream" has faint echoes of the kind of thing John Carter was putting down on paper in his later years, but still the music is impregnated with a most welcome strain of individuality . It shows both what a highly creative unit this band is now and its undeniable promise for the future.
Track Listing: Background Music; Laced Case; Little Big Horse; Skippy; Badlands; Palo Alto; Hatoolie; Gallop's Gallop; Hoke's Dream; Work; Lennie Bird.
Personnel: Jason Stein: bass clarinet; Keefe Jackson: tenor sax, contrabass clarinet; Joshua Abrams: bass; Frank Rosaly: drums.
Record Label: Delmark Records