Jason Lindner: Suheir
Jason Lindner (piano, keyboards)
Live at the Jazz Gallery (Anzic 4101)
Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Joe Fielder, Dana Leong, Rafi Malkiel (trombones), Anat Cohen, Chris Karlic, Miguel Zenon (reeds), Omer Avital (bass), Eric McPherson (drums), Yosvany Terry Cabrera (percussion).
Composed by Jason Lindner.
Recorded: live at the Jazz Gallery, New York, November 2005
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Jason Lindner, a native New Yorker, emerged as the foremost big band leader among the wave of young jazz musicians who congregated at Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village during the 1990s. Throughout his longstanding Monday night residency there, Lindner performed original compositions with a wide range of influences: roaring gospel-blues intensity of Mingus, standard modern arranging of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, strong presence of polyrhythm and odd-meters, and a constant underpinning of modern Latin and funk rhythms. "Suheir" incorporates all the aforementioned influences. The melody successfully alternates between 6/8 and 7/8 time, the background figures all interact through cross-rhythm and polyrhythm, and trumpeter Duane Eubanks and soprano saxophonist Jay Collins engage in an extended improvisational duel padded by colorful trombone harmonies. A tour de force from one of New York's young guns.
Reviewer: Eric Novod