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Andy Laster: Interpretations of Lessness

The title of this album is inspired by Samuel Beckett, but the “lessness” also implies a minimalist sense of color and atmospheric explorations.

While the conception is of a post-modern, classical sort, the deep jazz sensibilities of Laster come through on both alto and baritone sax. Trumpeter Cuong Vu and multi-percussionist Kenny Wollesen provide just the right accents for this type of presentation. The human voice is that of the cello, in the hands of Erik Friedlander adding a heartfelt, penetrating voice to the ethereal environment.

The over-all feel is accurately advertised as “Neo-classical chamber music,” with a fine touch of jazz humor and improvisation.

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