A breathtaking accomplishment, a blast of urban futurism at once hypnotic, kinetic and kaleidoscopic. And funky. -- New York Times
Described as “one of the transforming figures of early 21st-century jazz” (Guardian, UK), Steve Lehman is a composer and performer who works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms. The revered Steven Lehman Octet has received an abundance of critical acclaim for its synthesis of spectral harmony and improvisation. Lehman’s recent recording Mise en Abîme was selected as top jazz CD of 2014 by NPR Music, the Los Angeles Times, eMusic, and Musica Jazz Italia, and has been recognized as one of the year’s top ten recordings by dozens of other publications including Downbeat, which gave it a rare five-star review.
Lehman has collaborated with many of the premier jazz pioneers of our time (Anthony Braxton, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, and Meshell Ndegeocello, among others) and his octet includes leading jazz players of the next generation: Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Mark Shim (tenor saxophone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone), and Tyshawn Sorey (drums).