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.

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Eifie | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Impermanence" CD/LP/Track Review Impermanence
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 17, 2016
Read "Live In Greenwich Village" CD/LP/Track Review Live In Greenwich Village
by John Sharpe
Published: April 2, 2016
Read "Imagine Nation" CD/LP/Track Review Imagine Nation
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 1, 2016
Read "Circles and Landscapes" CD/LP/Track Review Circles and Landscapes
by John Eyles
Published: March 16, 2016
Read "Pass It On" CD/LP/Track Review Pass It On
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: May 11, 2016
Read "Days Are Not Days" CD/LP/Track Review Days Are Not Days
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 20, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!