With their second duet outing, Tom (Thomas Lehn) & Gerry (Hemingway) at times, spark notions of those frisky cartoon characters Tom and Jerry, thanks to the artists’ generally animated and altogether good-natured approach.
Once again, Mr. Lehn utilizes his analogue synthesizer for excursions of stark expressionism amid an overall metallic sheen via his shrewdly devised maneuvers. However, Lehn’s permutations breathe new life into the world of analogue electronics! Here, sine waves, modulation techniques, and abstractly devised waveforms counterbalance drummer/percussionist, Gerry Hemingway’s rolling and tumbling, polyrhythmic style of execution. Whereas, Lehn also demonstrates his rhythmic sensibilities throughout as the musicians bespeak a sense of veiled beauty atop a program awash with alien soundscapes and free-jazz type dialogue. Besides, the duo often finds ways of merging similar tonalities in conjunction with a plethora of contrapuntal statements, jagged sub-themes, and wittily rendered diversions. Hence, this effort is not about sugarcoated ambient-electronic dreamscapes or environmental music. Ultimately, the musicians establish a rather intriguing paradigm during this curiously interesting and largely gratifying endeavor!
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!