STEVE LEHMAN

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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. And his previous recording, Travail, Transformation & Flow (Pi, 2009), was chosen as the #1 Jazz Album of the year by The New York Times.

The recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, Lehman is an alto saxophonist who has performed and recorded nationally and internationally with
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STEVE LEHMAN Steve Lehman Quintet ‎: Structural Fire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Lehman Quintet ‎: Structural Fire
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
STEVE LEHMAN Steve Lehman Quintet ‎: Camoflage album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Lehman Quintet ‎: Camoflage
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
STEVE LEHMAN Steve Lehman Quintet ‎: ArtificialLight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Lehman Quintet ‎: ArtificialLight
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
STEVE LEHMAN Demian As Posthuman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demian As Posthuman
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
STEVE LEHMAN Steve Lehman Quintet ‎: On Meaning album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Lehman Quintet ‎: On Meaning
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
STEVE LEHMAN Steve Lehman Octet ‎: Travail, Transformation, And Flow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Lehman Octet ‎: Travail, Transformation, And Flow
Eclectic Fusion 2009
STEVE LEHMAN Steve Lehman Trio : Dialect Fluorescent album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Lehman Trio : Dialect Fluorescent
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
STEVE LEHMAN Steve Lehman Octet ‎: Mise En Abîme album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Steve Lehman Octet ‎: Mise En Abîme
Eclectic Fusion 2014
STEVE LEHMAN Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 2016
STEVE LEHMAN Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn ‎: The People I Love album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn ‎: The People I Love
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019

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STEVE LEHMAN Xenakis and the Valedictorian album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Xenakis and the Valedictorian
Avant-Garde Jazz 2020

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STEVE LEHMAN Steve Lehman's Camouflage Trio : Interface album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Lehman's Camouflage Trio : Interface
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
STEVE LEHMAN Steve Lehman Quartet ‎: Manifold album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Steve Lehman Quartet ‎: Manifold
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007

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STEVE LEHMAN Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn ‎: The People I Love

Album · 2019 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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After a three year gap, one of the most most interesting sax player of today's American creative jazz scene Steve Lehman returns with "The People I Love" album. Same trio as on 2012 "Dialect Fluorescent" is improved with another new generation leader - pianist Craig Taborn.

Radically different from Lehman last studio work - electronics and rap filled "Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone"(2016), this new album represents his return back to jazz roots, possibly Lehman's most jazz-rooted album to date. Framed with "Prelude","Interlude" and "Postlude" - three short acoustic sax/piano duets with Taborn, "The People I Love" contains Lehman's usual dry but warm take on some of his older compositions and some covers too. Most unusual between chosen covers is "qPlay" from Brits IDM duo Autechre - fully acoustic minimalist composition with melancholic tune and repetitive rhythmical structure.

Another cover is a knotty energetic take on Swiss-based American guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel two decades old song "A Shifting Design". Lehman's own "Echoes" is combined to one piece with Jeff "Tain" Watts' mainstream "The Impaler"(originally - with Branford Marsalis on tenor sax and Wynton Marsalis on trumpet). Lehman's "Curse Fraction", originally recorded with quintet in 2007,here sounds much relaxed,minimalist and even melancholic.

Taborn's addition (for the first time ever) gives some warmness and better balance for the usually scientifically perfect Lehman band sound, the choice of material looks like a successful step too. More intimate than Lehman's bigger bands, this quartet offers best from both Lehman and Taborn music in one place.

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