Steve Lantner brings the disparate natures of a wide range of musical styles--free improvisation, jazz, contemporary chamber and microtonal music--together to create an all encompassing voice that is uniquely his.
He is known for his originality, energy, versatility and a style that places melody and harmony back on the improviser's palette alongside texture, velocity and abstraction.
Part of his pursuit is to find a new language that embraces the deep traditions of Jazz without picking one side or the other in its dichotomy--to establish a style that embraces the breadth of all the developments at our disposal.
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His fertile imagination seems to explode with ideas that he
can barely fit into the space provided. ~ Nils Jacobson -
Steve Lantner's radiantly novel approach contains the stuff that
provides the earmarks for a fruitful career....No doubt, Lantner
is an inventor who pushes his craft to the limits....Essentially,
they investigate the free zone but perform with the refinement
and elegance of a seasoned and well-disciplined jazz piano
trio. This wonderful outing should not slip into a state of
secrecy! Compulsory listening! ~ Glenn Astarita - All About
Blue Yonder is a tour de force for Boston-area pianist Steve
Lantner. His range is vast, covering most strains of jazz-based
improvisation as well as an unusually broad knowledge of
techniques lifted from European-derived art music. He swings
like a madman and abstracts like a mutha. Throw in a huge
imagination, and you've got a tremendous piano player. ~
Chris Kelsey - JazzTimes