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by Mark F. Turner
Loren Stillman's Winter Fruits is an impressive follow-up to the saxophonist's stellar Blind Date (Pirouet Records, 2007). The increasingly visible altoist has been spotted on a number of recordings including Paul Motian's On Broadway, Vol. 5, (Winter & Winter (2009), yet found time to refine his own music. Through a couple of lineup changes with new members Ted Poor (drums) and Nate Radley (guitar) and the return of Gary Versace (now on organ), Stillman's release maintains a stylized and highly ...read more
by Tom Greenland
Loren Stillman Trio Alto Volume 2 SteepleChase 2007 Loren Stillman Blind Date Pirouet 2007
Loren Stillman's latest projects, Trio Alto Volume 2 and Blind Date, both give evidence of his growth as a bandleader, composer and improviser. The former is his second pianoless trio date for SteepleChase and, in contrast with 2006's cover-dominated ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
Not having the advantage of hearing altoist Loren Stillman's earlier albums, Blind Date can only be compared to having seen him in concert some five years ago. Opening for the more straight-ahead Lew Tabackin Quintet and singer Roberta Gamborini, Stillman and his quartet showed no mercy and spent the entire set in full free jazz flight. Stillman had either misjudged this very mainstream audience or wanted to make the most of such an opportunity.
Blind Date begins promisingly, ...read more
by Budd Kopman
After what appears to be an interlude of SteepleChase releases ( Brothers' Breakfast & Trio Alto Volume One, released in 2006 and Trio Alto, Volume 2, 2007), saxophonist Loren Stillman returns to his earlier quartet format with the marvelous Blind Date. The music on the current release connects directly to Stillman's first three (mature) recordings: How Sweet It Is (Nagel Heyer, 2003), Gin Bon (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2004) and It Could Be Anything (Fresh Sound New ...read more
by Jerry D'Souza
A blind date can be risky, cause apprehension and kindle a sense of adventure. Anticipating Loren Stillman's foray into his own Blind Date stirs all those feelings.
Stillman has been inspired by jazz as he has with classical music. His compositions reflect both streams, and his narratives are eloquent. He brings in a minimalist approach, letting the notes fall in random and float in the wide space he provides. He brings in contrast as well, with ...read more
by Mark F. Turner
For alto saxophone aficionados, Loren Stillman's Blind Date is an exquisite release. An intrepid artisan with virtuosity, a refined tone and evocative phrasing; it's hard to believe that the London-born musician is only in his twenties. But with a number of recordings as a leader he's showing that practice does indeed strive for perfection. The recording is a progressive set of Stillman originals that are equally atmospheric and acutely performed with a band of like-minded players including ...read more
by Donald Elfman
Loren Stillman The Brothers' Breakfast SteepleChase 2007 Loren Stillman Trio Alto Volume One SteepleChase 2007
Loren Stillman has emerged from prodigy status into a player of great interest. While using traditional instrumental formats and settings, the altoist has an approach to tunes that sound fresh and different. On both of these ...read more