Take Five With Dan Lehner
Did you know...
I identify politically as an anarchist. I don't have a driver's license. I flirt back and forth with the Paleo Diet and have gone on foraging/wild food tours in the greater New York City area. I can play every one of J.J. Johnsons's solos on J.J. Inc. by memory.
CDs you are listening to now:
D'Angelo, Voodoo (Virgin);
David Binney, Graylen Epicenter (Mythology);
J.J. Johnson, J.J. Inc (Sony);
Jeremy Pelt, Water and Earth (High Note);
Steve Reich, Drumming/Six Pianos/Music for Mallet Instruments, Voice and Percussion (Deutsche Grammaphone).
Desert Island picks:
Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth, Deluxe (Clean Feed);
Andrew Hill , Black Fire (Blue Note);
J Dilla, Donuts (Stones Throw);
Jacob Garchik, The Heavens (Yestereve);
Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um (Columbia).
How would you describe the state of jazz today?
Artistically, the state of the music that gets called jazz is great. There's plenty of music that represents great reiterations and innovations on the tradition, as well as completely new and exciting ventures into improvised music. Practically and financially, well, that's a whole different story. I think initiatives like Search and Restore in New York City are great for keeping the spirit alive.
What is in the near future?
I hope to be playing dates in New York City to showcase the music from the record. After that, I have another few compositions for a different format (trombone, piano and drums) that I would like to explore as well.
Courtesy of Dan Lehner