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George Lernis Jazz Quartet - Shapes of Nature (2011)

An ambitious debut featuring seven original titles, George Lernis' Shapes of Nature is a great new example of how Tony Williams' legacy continues to play out in jazz. The former Miles Davis band prodigy spent his career exploring the rhythmic complexities first hinted at by bebop, and that journey continues here. Lernis, a Cyprus-born and Boston-based percussionist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The George Lernis Jazz Quartet: Shapes Of Nature

Read "Shapes Of Nature" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The lower portion of the tree that adorns the cover of George Lernis' Shapes Of Nature can be viewed as a metaphor for the Cyprus-born/Boston-based drummer's music. The seven compositions that make up this recording have firm roots in the rich soil of jazz tradition, but as they grow, they branch out in unexpected ways, just ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The George Lernis Jazz Quartet: Shapes of Nature

Read "Shapes of Nature" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Many people recall the tedium of childhood music lessons: the endless scales; impatient instructors; and the drudgery of practice, practice, practice. A few gifted individuals get to move on to bigger and better things, but the vast majority face a conspiracy of limited talent and the distraction of competing interests. Fortunately, those who do possess the ...