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Meet Daniel Lehner

By Published: March 16, 2013
I have pretty expansive tastes, so it always branches out to genres like electronica (James Blake, Venetian Snares, Autechre), contemporary classical (Morton Feldman, Olivier Messaien, Gyorgi Ligeti), classic rock (The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin), Soul/RnB (James Brown, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder), metal (Meshuggah, Animals as Leaders) and just a lot of material in between. As of recently, I've flirted with genres like old-school gospel, klezmer and No Wave

What are you listening to right now? My current iPod nano (which I got deliberately to listen to albums more thoroughly/more often) presently has:

1. Billy Hart
Billy Hart
Billy Hart
b.1940
drums
All of Our Reasons 2. Charles Ives—Symphony No. 3 3. Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. 2 4. Count Basie
Count Basie
Count Basie
1904 - 1984
piano
The Complete Decca Recordings, CD 1 5. Elmo Hope
Elmo Hope
Elmo Hope
1923 - 1967
piano
Trio—Meditations 6. Fania All-Stars—Live at Yankee Stadium, Part 1 7. Glenn Branca—The Ascension 8. Grachan Moncur III
Grachan Moncur III
Grachan Moncur III
b.1937
trombone
Evolution 9. GZA—Liquid Swords 10. James Blake—James Blake 11. Janice "Ms. JJ" Johnson
Janice "Ms. JJ" Johnson
b.1953
vocalist
J. J. Inc. 12. Mary Halvorson Quintet—Saturn Sings 13. Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
b.1930
sax, alto
This is Our Music 14. Steve Lehman
Steve Lehman
Steve Lehman

sax, alto
Trio—Dialect Fluorescent 15. Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
b.1933
saxophone
Quartet—Without a Net 16. Will McEvoy's Mutuasm—Labor of Labor

Which five recent releases would you recommend to readers who share your musical taste? 1. Deluxe (Clean Feed) by Chris Lightcap
Chris Lightcap
Chris Lightcap
b.1971
bass
's Bigmouth 2. Accelerando (ACT Music) by Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer
b.1971
piano
Trio 3. Snakeoil (ECM) by Tim Berne
Tim Berne
Tim Berne
b.1954
saxophone
4. Union (Clean Feed) by Paradoxical Frog (Tyshawn Sorey
Tyshawn Sorey
Tyshawn Sorey
b.1980
drums
, Kris Davis
Kris Davis
Kris Davis

piano
, Ingrid Laubrock
Ingrid Laubrock
Ingrid Laubrock
b.1970
saxophone
) 5. Endangered Blood(Skirl) by Endangered Blood (Chris Speed
Chris Speed
Chris Speed

saxophone
, Trevor Dunn, Jim Black
Jim Black
Jim Black

drums
, Oscar Noriega
Oscar Noriega
Oscar Noriega

clarinet
)

What inspired you to write about jazz? I've always enjoyed describing my musical listening experiences to others, finding ways to best describe, in musical and non-musical ways, what I experienced or what could be gleaned from a performance. It has helped me understand music better as a result of thinking about it in different ways. I also like being able to give artists the exposure and the press they deserve.

What do you like to do in your free time? Any hobbies? Between writing and playing music, free time is scarce, haha. Outside of music, I occasionally do creative writing (short stories, poems, etc.). I'm also interested in nature and particularly wild foods and have gone on foraging tours in the greater New York area.

What role does jazz music play in your life? I try to play it as often as possible and make part of my living off it of (in addition to other types of music). It's always been my main focus and my passion. I think it's improved me as a musician and person in a number of ways and listening to it has opened sonic doors for me as well.

How does writing about jazz contribute to the music itself? As jazz gets deeper and wider in its over 100 years of existence, it's becoming increasingly difficult for people to get a handle of what "jazz" is. I think those who write about it give people a sense of what elements are in place and where the artist is in the history (and present and future) of the music. I try to make writing about jazz as important to me as playing it. I really admire musicians like Ethan Iverson
Ethan Iverson
Ethan Iverson
b.1973
piano
and ?uestlove (of The Roots) who blog and write about music so eloquently and passionately

What do you like most about All About Jazz? I like how thorough and non-sectarian we are about presenting the music. They showcase music from all over the map, both geographically and stylistically. It also presents so much in terms of different articles and works as a huge database for info about the music going way back.

What positives have come from your association with All About Jazz? I've been able to expand my view of the music through sitting down and talking to great and unique artists through interview commissions and I've also started to write for another music blog in NYC, Feast of Music, which afforded me the ability to attend the Newport Jazz Festival this past year

Daniel Lehner at All About Jazz.


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