Steve Lehman Octet
Posted by Marshall Lamm on July 20, 2010
Thu, October 28, 2010
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An important young musician, alto saxophonist Steve Lehman is having an impact. Based in Brooklyn, he studied with Jackie McLean and went on to work in the U.S. and Europe with Anthony Braxton (in the Ghost Trance Ensemble), Michelle Rosewoman, Mark Dresser, Vijay Iyer, Meshell Ndegeocello, Oliver Lake and the collective trio Fieldwork. While Lehman has performed with small groups that allow him to stretch out and display his strikingly original ideas on alto, he is also an innovative arranger and composer who has written for large orchestras, chamber ensembles, and the octet format. His most recent recording, Travail, Transformation & Flow, was named the #1 Top Jazz CD of 2009 by The New York Times and is a good summation of his music ― complex yet accessible, futuristic but hinting at the glories of jazz past. ...