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German analogue synthesizer ace, Thomas Lehn pursues subliminal metaphors along with quaintly executed motifs on this 2000 release, titled Feldstarken. Here, the CD cover artwork consisting of block diagrams/circuit schemas and a knob driven soundboard, provides a backdrop for the sonic environment as Lehn transforms seemingly ancient technology into useful vehicles for acute expressionism. With this project, the artist executes a series of freely improvised vignettes and themes, brimming with deftly articulated and altogether perplexing statements.
Lehn manipulates waveforms into abstracts, akin to his recent outing with noted modern jazz drummer, Gerry Hemingway on the wonderful recording, Tom and Gerry. However, his understated approach on this release allows the listener to zoom into a series of fragmented and somewhat rhythmically inclined electronic soundscapes, whereas lucid imagery runs rampant. Essentially, Lehn might be depicting an abundance of unlikely scenarios, yet it is up to the listener’s imaginative powers to decode the riddles of this man’s relatively sophisticated artistic approach. Overall, this effort represents considerably more than your typical minimalist - ambient/electronic style fare.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.