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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


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

Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone: Xaybu: The Unseen

Read "Xaybu: The Unseen" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Alto saxophonist Steve Lehman debuted his Sélébéyone project in 2016 with a self-titled release on the Pi Recordings label. It was nothing short of revolutionary; an amalgamation of jazz improvisation and globalized hip-hop, it was an intrepid declaration. Originally a septet, Sélébéyone returns as a quintet on Xaybu: The Unseen. The five current members are from ...

Article: Album Review

Tyshawn Sorey: Mesmerism

Read "Mesmerism" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

«Ho sempre accolto con favore l'opportunità di suonare questa musica—dice Tyshawn Sorey-. Dopo essere stato etichettato come un cosiddetto “avanguardista" per quasi due decenni, ho deciso che era giunto il momento di realizzare questa session con musicisti che rispetto e ammiro profondamente». Un piano trio in omaggio alla tradizione può risultare sorprendente per ...


Article: Album Review

Tyshawn Sorey Trio: Mesmerism

Read "Mesmerism" reviewed by Mark Corroto

To say that Mesmerism by the Tyshawn Sorey Trio is a departure from the drummer's regular programming is an understatement. Rather than perform his own compositions, he has assembled this trio to perform some jazz classics and standards. Sorey only held a brief rehearsal before recording this studio session. Typically, he prefers intricate arrangements and repeated ...

Article: Interview

Federico Calcagno, fra Italia e Olanda

Read "Federico Calcagno, fra Italia e Olanda" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Estremamente differenziato e incoraggiante si presenta l'attuale panorama dei jazzisti italiani emergenti, attivi in centri produttivi sparsi un po' ovunque, esponenti di diverse tendenze e rappresentati da varie etichette, nazionali o straniere. Senza dubbio in questi ultimi tre anni si è messo in particolare evidenza il clarinettista, leader e compositore milanese Federico Calcagno. Nato nel 1995, ...


Article: Album Review

Alexander Hawkins / Mirror Canon: Break A Vase

Read "Break A Vase" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Pianist and composer Alexander Hawkins sequences the ten tracks of Break A Vase in a seemingly counterintuitive manner. The title track, which is taken from West Indian poet Derek Walcott's Nobel Prize acceptance speech, is not heard until track six; it is a solo piano performance which emulates Walcott's words, “Break a vase, and the love ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

The Latest From Clean Feed Records

Read "The Latest From Clean Feed Records" reviewed by Mark Corroto

2021 marks the twentieth year of Lisbon's Clean Feed Records. Listeners went from thinking ”who knew there was jazz in Portugal?" to acknowledging the label as the flag bearer of jazz' vanguard. Besides releasing music by Evan Parker, Mats Gustafsson, Steve Lehman, Julius Hemphill, Charles Gayle, Anthony Braxton, Elliott Sharp, Eric Revis, Harris Eisenstadt, and Kris ...


Last Desert

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Sip; Last Desert I; Last Desert II; Rubber Flowers; Portals; Doppler; Liquid.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - Part 1

Read "The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

On September 28th, Kenny Kirkland would have turned 65. This week we celebrate his legacy as leader or co-leader, as side-man invited to add power and sophistication to the bands he joined, and as composer, through renditions of his music by peers and contemporary musicians. Among these, pianist Noah Haidu has recently released the first-ever album ...


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