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Steve Lehman

Described as “a state-of-the-art musical thinker” and a "dazzling saxophonist,” by The New York Times, Steve Lehman (b. New York City, 1978) is a composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms. Lehman’s pieces for large orchestra and chamber ensembles have been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), So Percussion, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, the JACK Quartet, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the Talea Ensemble. His recent recording, Mise en Abîme (Pi, 2014) was called the #1 Jazz Album of the year by NPR Music and The Los Angeles Times


Ex Machina

Label: Pi Recodings
Released: 2024
Track listing: 39: Los Angeles Imaginary; Camera; Alchimie; Ode To Aklaff; Jeux D'Anches; Les Treize Soleils; Speed--Freeze (Part 1); Speed--Freeze (Part 2); Le Seuil (Part 1); Le Seuil (Part 2).


Article: Album Review

Steve Lehman & Orchestre National de Jazz: Ex Machina

Read "Ex Machina" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Does Ex Machina settle the long-standing debate about whether saxophonist Steve Lehman is human or a replicant. Lehman and his approach to music may remind one of Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford in Blade Runner (1982) a movie adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick; Deckard was tasked with hunting ...


Article: Album Review

Steve Lehman: Ex Machina

Read "Ex Machina" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When native New Yorker Steve Lehman releases an album, the odds are it will turn up at the top of year-end polls. If the composer & saxophonist has a formula for success, a listener would be unlikely to discern a methodology across his previous sixteen leader releases. What sets Lehman apart is a hunger for knowledge ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Hip-Hop Jazz Thing @50 - Part 1

Read "A Hip-Hop Jazz Thing @50 - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Hip-Hop's birthday has been officially identified as August 11, 1973 and many initiatives marking its fiftieth anniversary are already under way. Should you catch yourself wondering--as a jazz fan--about how jazz and hip hop influenced one other... you may find a few clues on this program. And since you're in a celebratory mood, you can also ...


Xaybu: The Unseen

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2022
Track listing: Time is The First Track; Djibril; Lamina; Gas Akap; Liminal; Gagaku; Poesie I; Poesie II; Go In; Navigation; Dual Ndoxol; Dual HP; Zeraora; Souba; Time is The First Track.


Article: Album Review

Kobe Van Cauwenberghe: Plays Anthony Braxton

Read "Plays Anthony Braxton" reviewed by John Sharpe

Works by Anthony Braxton appear occasionally in the repertoire of others, but it is exceptional for entire albums to be devoted to them. That is especially true for some of his later works. But Belgian guitarist Kobe Van Cauwenberghe looks to rectify that. He already has one such outing under his belt—Ghost Trance Solos (ATD, 2020)—but ...


Article: Year in Review

Karl Ackermann's Best Creative Music Albums Of 2022

Read "Karl Ackermann's Best Creative Music Albums Of 2022" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

For good, or bad, the “new normal" can finally be archived, and the club doors reopened to full rooms of unmasked patrons. 2022 marked an informal end to the Pandemic and a rebirth in live performing arts. Like similar periods in history, an unusual burst of creative energy followed isolation. Jazz was no exception; the resilience ...


Article: Year in Review

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2022

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2022" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Did 2022 represent a return to “normal" in the jazz world? Perhaps, although it might be more valuable to keep our eyes focused on the shifting trajectories and stylistic heterodoxies that make this music as unpredictable and surprising as ever. Releases from Steve Lehman and Eve Risser were especially noteworthy, involving pan-continental strivings that are always ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

James Brandon Lewis, River People, Hard Rubber Orchestra & Steve Lehman

Read "James Brandon Lewis, River People, Hard Rubber Orchestra & Steve Lehman" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

He's back! Hard-charging saxophonist James Brandon Lewis's latest, MSM Molecular Systematic Music, is now out and JBL and his quartet tear things up in a live gig at Rote Fabrik in Zurich. The new album reprises the tunes from the earlier Molecular, but the energy is much different, as the gig was the first in a ...


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