All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

6

Steven Lugerner: For We Have Heard

John Sharpe By

Sign in to view read count
In something of a departure for the Lithuanian No Business label, young San Francisco-born, NYC-based reedman Steven Lugerner presents a LP of his thoughtfully arranged charts. To breathe life into the notation, Lugerner has assembled a talented crew, which he carefully deploys in varying combinations across the ten cuts. Not only that but he also overdubs himself in places to create a woodwind chorus and orchestral scale touches.

On trumpet, Bay Area resident Darren Johnston veers between melodic extemporizations and timbral effects, while pianist Myra Melford reminds us why she is such an in-demand performer, taking cameo roles on two numbers which bookend the bulk of the 33-minute program: the concise but sprightly "Us and Our Fathers" and magnificently dashing "Our Children in Time." However drummer Matt Wilson proves the key figure, as his tuned cadences and pinpoint meter provide the main unifying features. It's harder to get a fix on the leader, as he switches between a battery of horns, ranging from pure-toned soprano saxophone to gallumphing bass clarinet.

In fact Lugerner's conception furnishes the prime talking point. He has fashioned a suite-like work, comprising multiple short tracks, best appreciated as a whole. It's not about wild solos. Most are pithy, tuneful and fitted to the contours of the piece, as exemplified by "When a Long Blast is Sounded" which begins with martial drums and stately piano. A lilting trumpet statement emerges from a unison with clarinet, but quickly merges with looser drum rhythms, before the drums take the piece out. When a brief passage of edgy interplay transpires on "All Those Kings" it signals a departure and indicates a potentially fertile sphere for future investigation, whereby the talented crew exert more leeway within the attractive arrangements.

Track Listing: Us and Our Fathers; When a Long Blast is Sounded; Drove Out Before Us; Be Strong and Resolute; Before Our Very Eyes; Through Whose Midst We Passed; For We Have Heard; Up From The Land; All Those Kings; Our Children in Time

Personnel: Steven Lugerner: Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, English Horn, soprano and alto saxophones, flute, alto flute; Darren Johnston: trumpet; Myra Melford: piano; Matt Wilson; drums.

Title: For We Have Heard | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: NoBusiness Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Alondra

Alondra

Steven Lugerner
Narratives

Sustenance

Sustenance

Steven Lugerner
These Are The Words

CD/LP/Track Review
Catching Up With
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
The Music Of Jackie McLean

The Music Of Jackie...

Primary Records
2016

buy
The Music of Jack McLean

The Music of Jack...

Self Produced
2016

buy
For We Have Heard

For We Have Heard

NoBusiness Records
2013

buy
 

These Are the...

Point of Departure, WMPG-FM
2011

buy
Narratives

Narratives

Self Produced
0

buy

Related Articles

Read Begin the Agora CD/LP/Track Review
Begin the Agora
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 17, 2018
Read Time Like This CD/LP/Track Review
Time Like This
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 17, 2018
Read Under One Moon CD/LP/Track Review
Under One Moon
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: October 17, 2018
Read Doubles, Vol. 1 CD/LP/Track Review
Doubles, Vol. 1
by Jim Trageser
Published: October 17, 2018
Read Outsidethebox CD/LP/Track Review
Outsidethebox
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 16, 2018
Read There Are Stars In Brooklyn CD/LP/Track Review
There Are Stars In Brooklyn
by James Fleming
Published: October 16, 2018
Read "Meander" CD/LP/Track Review Meander
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 6, 2018
Read "Close To You" CD/LP/Track Review Close To You
by Chris Mosey
Published: August 12, 2018
Read "Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Live In Montreal" CD/LP/Track Review Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Live In Montreal
by Jeff Winbush
Published: February 10, 2018
Read "Birthday" CD/LP/Track Review Birthday
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 1, 2018
Read "Helix" CD/LP/Track Review Helix
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 4, 2018
Read "The Child in Me" CD/LP/Track Review The Child in Me
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: November 23, 2017