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Jacknife: The Music Of Jackie McLean

Read "The Music Of Jackie McLean" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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

Read "Steven Lugerner: Jericho and San Francisco" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

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

Read "For We Have Heard" reviewed by John Sharpe

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

Read "For We Have Heard" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

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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