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Jacknife: The Music Of Jackie McLean

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If you ask any well-informed jazz fans and performers about the legacy of Jackie McLean, you're likely to be met with a response that focuses on one or two specific areas: his work as a mentor-educator and/or his playing on a number of classic Blue Note dates from the '60s. But how many will mention the songs--McLean's own compositions and the writings of his fellow travelers--that appeared on those albums? Probably very few. Saxophonist Steve Lugerner rightly sees that as ...

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Steven Lugerner: Jericho and San Francisco

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Eric Dolphy once mused, “When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone, in the air. You can never capture it again." Luckily for fellow multi-reedist Steve Lugerner, that's a piece of wisdom that the Bay Area musician did not take at face value. For his release, For We Have Heard, Lugerner devised a means of music making that seriously excited his band mates like Myra Melford and Matt Wilson. “Upon hearing it, they all freaked out," recalls Lugerner. “I ...

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Steven Lugerner: For We Have Heard

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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 ...

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Steven Lugerner: For We Have Heard

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Multi-woodwind expert Steve Lugerner's solo outing for this Lithuania-based progressive/avant-jazz record label enters the market as a limited edition of only 500 LPs. Get them while they last, as some would say. And it's a very distinctive performance, duly capturing the earthy attributes of this all-star lineup's contrasting song forms and extraordinary synergy, clocking in at 32 minutes and recorded with analog equipment. Drummer Matt Wilson establishes a march-like progression during the album opener, “Us and Our Fathers." ...


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