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Now vs. Now: The Buffering Cocoon (Jazzland)

Review of the third album by keyboardist Jason Lindner's electronic-leaning trio

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Cover of Now vs. Now album The Buffering Cocoon
Cover of Now vs. Now album The Buffering Cocoon

Keyboardist Jason Lindner first gained notice leading a big band at the New York nightclub Smalls. He has a solid résumé backing singers, playing Latin jazz, and leading and being an integral part of various small, adventurous, postbop ensembles. Chick Corea once described him as “a musical universe.”

But as he nestles into his mid-forties, Lindner has increasingly purveyed his widespread tastes through electronic instrumentation. Most notably, his membership in Donny McCaslin’s band landed him on David Bowie’s Blackstar album—producer Tony Visconti called him “a godsend,” adding, “We gave him some pretty far-out chords and he brought a jazz sensibility to re-voice them.”

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