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Jason Lindner

Jason Lindner

Everything in my career is very delayed as far as what the public at large catches,” laments pianist Jason Lindner. He’s referring to the rather untimely release of his second solo disc, Live/UK (Sunnyside), which was recorded three years ago while he was touring London promoting his debut album, Premonition (Stretch)-which was actually recorded a couple of years before its 2000 release.

The time gap explains why Live/UK, a captivating quartet date recorded at London’s Pizza Express for a BBC radio broadcast, resembles its predecessor very little. Premonition is essentially a big-band outing, featuring a brigade of young, adventurous players who frequented the sadly defunct Smalls jazz club in Greenwich Village. During Smalls’ 1994 opening, Lindner quickly established himself as the club’s house pianist.

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