Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia

3 Feb


Steve Lehman, alto saxophone, electronica; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Mark Shim, tenor saxophone; Chris Dingman, vibraphone; Tim Albright, trombone; Dan Peck, tuba; Drew Gress, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums

A leading figure in new jazz, Steve Lehman mesmerised the Slovenian audiences in 2013, when his trio was featured within the Tuesday Clubbing series. The octet’s latest album, Mise en Abime (PI Recordings, 2014), has been praised by the critics as a jazz tour de force. The octet’s debut recording, Travail, Transformation & Flow (Pi, 2009), was called the #1 Jazz/Pop CD of 2009 by The New York Times and described as “a breathtaking accomplishment, a blast of urban futurism at once hypnotic, kinetic and kaleidoscopic. And funky.” The album was called one of the “Top 10 CDs of 2009” by over 30 publications, including ArtForum, Newsweek, and The Village Voice. The octet has received an abundance of critical acclaim for its synthesis of spectral harmony and improvisation. The Steve Lehman Octet is comprised of an all-star assemblage of performer/improvisers who represent the absolute state-of-the-art on their respective instruments.

“One of the transforming figures of early 21st-century jazz.” The Guardian