Brainy homage to Bud Powell

Brilliant altoist Steve Lehman embedded deep inside this post-MBASE “spectral” soundscape influenced by Tristan Murail and Gérard Grisey powers into overdrive here with trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, tenorist Mark Shim (who appears on Marko Churnchetz’s upcoming quartet album Devotion), trombonist Tim Albright, vibist Chris Dingman using alternate tuning, tuba player Jose Davila, bassist Drew Gress who appeared on Ralph Alessi’s magisterial Baida last year, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Five years on from Travail, Transformation and Flow, Lehman expands on his interests in timbre, electronics, and microtones, and the album is also a brainy homage to Bud Powell with three reconstructions of the bebop pioneer’s compositions contributing to Lehman’s own ‘Glass Enclosure Transcription’, ‘Autumn Interlude’, and ‘Parisian Throughfare Transcription.’ A free flowing fry-for-all. SG
Released on 24 June