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Steve Lehman

Steve Lehman wants his music to groove without repetition. Given that groove often implies repetitive rhythms and riffs, that doesn’t seem like an easy task, but the 25-year-old alto saxophonist is committed to finding that master groove with a minimum of structural redundancy. His bold new disc Artificial Light (Fresh Sound New Talent) indicates he’s on the right track.

Much of Artificial Light unfolds like an elaborate musical treasure hunt filled with hidden jewels. Rhythm patterns that are rigid then punctured set the course against constantly evolving harmonic constructs. Lehman’s alto and Mark Shim’s tenor are paired up like adventurers exploring the daring soundscapes created by drummer Eric McPherson, bassist Drew Gress and vibraphonist Chris Dingman. Even though the disc contains provocative soloing from all the members, the disc suggests a composer preoccupied with form and structure.

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