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The People I Love

The People I Love

Steve Lehman | Craig Taborn

Label: Pi Recordings
Format: CD
Barcode: 0808713008227
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Catalog number: PI 82
Releasedate: 04-10-19

- The album is punctuated by three duo improvisations between Lehman and Taborn
- With his latest album, The People I Love, Lehman revisits his jazz roots, presenting his take on the classic alto saxophone quartet tradition

The album is punctuated by three duo improvisations between Lehman and Taborn, who manage to interact in a way that feels authentic and heartfelt while staying utterly contemporary. And here again, Lehman makes a statement; demonstrating intimate familiarity with 60 years of experimental saxophone vocabulary – from Eric Dolphy and Anthony Braxton to Arthur Blythe and Evan Parker – and making a compelling case for its integration into a modern-day concept of the classic alto saxophone quartet album.

The People I Love is a record that bears witness to a new openness in Lehman’s music. Unedited rehearsal tapes (“A Shifting Design”) and joyous laughter at the end of a take are all left on the track — inviting the listener to take a look behind the curtain at where the music comes from. The result may be his most mature artistic statement to date.

Hailed by The New York Times as “a state-of-the-art musical thinker” and “a quietly dazzling saxophonist,” Steve Lehman has built a career creating innovative, uncompromising music that packs a visceral wallop. His signature alto sound — searing with emotional intensity and crystal clear articulation — has been featured in high-profile partnerships with Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, and Bennie Maupin. But at just 40-years-old, his greatest musical achievements have been his many critically-acclaimed, groundbreaking projects, which have run the gamut from Senegalese hip-hop (Selebeyone (Pi 2017)) to French spectral music (Travail, Transformation and Flow (Pi 2009), Mise en Abîme (Pi 2014)). With his latest album, The People I Love, Lehman revisits his jazz roots, presenting his take on the classic alto saxophone quartet tradition. It’s a modern day referendum on the possibilities for that time-worn configuration for 2019 and beyond.