Jeff Lederer's Sunwatcher: Eightfold PathBy
Eight compositions track the eightfold path. Beginning with "Right Concentration" and Wilson striking his mini gong eight times, the music rushes in with full on organ and tenor storm, as if to acknowledge that enlightenment can arrive in an instant. It can also be a lifelong undertaking: "Right Effort" is a most gentle piece of samadhi or meditative stillness with Saft swapping organ for piano, Wilson sticks from brushes, and Swallow delivering a most compassionate bass solo. The halting nature of "Right Resolve" is a vehicle for Saft's organ evangelism delivering the message. With "Right View," Lederer carries a Coltrane-like tranquility and calm as does "Right Action" which borrows a blues drenched "Love Supreme" vibe. Although "Right Mindfulness," which ends the disc, is just another spoke on the dharma wheel, it sums up the Sunwatcher's undertaking with its most compassionate prayer. Wilson's gong and Saft's piano re- echo and set a backdrop for Swallow's solo and Lederer's gentle saxophone awakening. A word of advice, if you do meet the Sunwatchers on the road, the command to kill them is a metaphor and should not be taken literally.
Right Concentration; Right Speech; Right Effort; Right Action; Right Resolve; Right View; Right Livelihood; Right Mindfullness.
Jeff Lederer: saxophone, tenor; Jamie Saft: piano; Steve Swallow: bass; Matt Wilson: drums.
Jeff Lederer: gongs, bells; Jamie Saft: organ
Title: Eightfold Path | Year Released: 2021 | Record Label: Little (i) Music
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