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Mise En Abime

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  • Audio CD (14 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pi Recordings
  • ASIN: B00JMBQEA8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Mise en Abîme is the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2009 s Travail, Transformation and Flow, by the Steve Lehman Octet. Described as a 'breathtaking accomplishment' by The New York Times,Travail was widely hailed as a groundbreaking synthesis of spectral harmony and jazz improvisation. On Mise en Abîme, Lehman continues to build on his work with spectral harmony expanding the harmonic palette by incorporating live electronics and a custom-built vibraphone while at the same time reinforcing his connection to the jazz tradition with three radically re-imagined Bud Powell compositions. The result is an album that solidifies Lehman s status as a visionary composer with powerful new ideas about the future of harmony, rhythm, compositional form, and electro-acoustic improvisation in jazz.

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5 / 5 ***** With Travail, Transformation and Flow in 2009, the US saxophonist and composer Steve Lehman showed how natural his jazz and contemporary classical researches particularly into microtonal "spectral harmony" techniques could sound. Five years later comes a follow-up that adds live electronics, and three interpretations of pieces by late bebop-piano pioneer Bud Powell. Lehman's octet (again including such virtuosi as trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Tyshawn Sorey) sounds both mathematically measured and as raucous as a New York street on Segregated and Sequential, both adrift and anchored on the spooky 13 Colors, and stately and tail-chasingly animated on Powell's Glass Enclosure. It's lost in space on Parisian Thoroughfare, jazzily horn-hooting on Codes: Brice Wassy, and shiveringly sepulchral and then brightly swinging over Gress's muscular bass on Autumn Interlude. 'A blast of urban futurism' was how the New York Times described Lehman's earlier work, adding that it was 'hypnotic, kinetic and kaleidoscopic and funky'. Remarkably, Mise en Abîme raises the bar on all that. --The Guardian

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This record was cropping up on most "Best of 2014" polls and not knowing Steve Lehman's music, was intrigued to hear this The disc is actually relatively short in playing time but I think this actually makes for a stronger record as there is nothing that can really be considered a "filler" on this record even if it is a struggle to recognise the Bud Powell re-workings, the latter featuring the pianist talking over the music.

Not having any idea what to expect and read the reviews with interest, I was staggered at how different the record actually sounds from my perception. It is a dense record and Lehman's highly original style is actually far more visceral than his cerebral approach of odd time signatures and micro-tonality would suggest. Lehman's also has a piping and slightly acidic tone which recalls the likes of Steve Coleman and Jackie McLean. His writing reminded me very much of Coleman too even if it has a restless and slightly neurotic quality about it. The band is pretty strong too featuring some of the more exciting younger soloists from the New York scene. The use of the tuba and vibraphone give the ensemble a distinctive sound with the rhythm section bubbling away excitedly underneath.

As an avid follower of contemporary jazz, I had been under the impression that the music was beginning to lose it's edge and there was a feeling that if you wanted edgy, contemporary jazz, it was necessary to look for the musicians emanating from Chicago with the New York scene low longer sounding quite so edgy. This record goes a long way in redressing the balance and puts a distinct marker down that the current scene can offer an alternative to the smoother and more measured offerings that continue to be touted as "cutting edge.
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Wonderful music of the very highest order
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Listen over and over.
It grows and grows..
Fantastic !!
Indeed a man to follow, he adds something.. wow !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Young Geniuses of Jazz 18 Oct. 2014
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Incredible. I love this band in any form. Loved the last record too-weird and groovy, oddball, funky and traditional at once. I am biased-I could listen to drummer Tyshawn Sorey play a table with a fork and would love it. He is a percussion genius. Steve Lehman is so amazingly creative, and somehow makes unusual musical ideas sound cool and hip. The song about Autumn is a classic. Channeling Ornette Coleman in some ways, and least in achievement. Not for the faint of heart, but this music is icy cool and creative. Along with Ambrose Akinmusire's new record, one the best of several years. Jazz is in great hands with these young lions.
5.0 out of 5 stars Abstract and rocking. How can human beings keep so ... 8 July 2015
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Abstract and rocking. How can human beings keep so many things going on at once?
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars 12 Mar. 2015
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this was on everyone cart @ jazz times critics & NPR polls so I took a listen /different but refreshing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album! 17 Feb. 2015
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Hard to find album at a great price
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