477

Howard Leshaw Quartet: Shadow Song

By

Sign in to view read count
Howard Leshaw Quartet: Shadow Song
This highly engaging album brings to mind the enduring impact of John Coltrane's legacy in terms of spiritual lyricism.

In the case of Howard Leshaw, whose other band is a spirited klezmer band, Coltrane's spiritually-charged lyricism is mingled, as in the case of Andy Statman's music, with a comprehensive immersion in a variety of sacred and secular Jewish musical styles.

While the indebtedness to Jewish melodies was only obvious in the first of seven Leshaw originals on this disc, "Sayief," there is a prevailing keening and rhythmically daring tone to Leshaw's tenor sax playing that connects directly to his association with klezmer music.

The original compositions are packed with well elaborated solos. Particularly attractive is Leshaw's foray into a kind of deep Jewish blues on "Flower," in which his solo is sensitively supported by the constantly alert rhythm section of pianist Jon Davis, bassist Paul Gabrielson, and drummer Dean Rickard.

Leshaw and band also bring considerable originality to that well-trod form of jazz waltz on "Buckle's Waltz."

Catch this group on their home turf in Brooklyn if you can. There is little doubt that the Coltrane influence of the Atlantic and early Impulse! period will continue to spark surprisingly original directions.

Track Listing

Sayief; Sirirat; Jade; Flower; Buckle's Waltz; Siempre Lulu; Shadow Song.

Personnel

Howard Leshaw: tenor saxophone; Jon Davis: piano; Paul Gabrielson: bass; Dean Rickard: drums.

Album information

Title: Shadow Song | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Eifie

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read The Sudden Bird of Waiting
The Sudden Bird of Waiting
Patrick Brennan/Maria do Mar/Ernesto Rodrigues/Miguel Mira/Hernâni Faustino/Abdul Moimême
Read Myasmo
Myasmo
Mia Zabelka
Read Originations
Originations
Ryan Cohan
Read Dualisms
Dualisms
Michael Malis
Read Awareness
Awareness
Joe Sturges
Read Move On!
Move On!
Purdie / Fabian / Oswanski
Read Newton
Newton
Tony Bevan / Ashley Wales

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.