JASON LINDNER

Now vs. Now

2010-01-15

Child prodigy Jason Lindner, began formal study of piano, guitar, flute, sax, bass and drums at F.H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art in Brooklyn. (The school was the location for television series,"Fame".) Since then, he has worked with many big music names, including Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Chick Corea, Jimmy Cobb, and Roy Haynes. Focusing on keys, he has put out several albums; this being the first with his trio, Now vs. Now. This focused team of musicians has put together an album of sometimes ambient jazz. The best example here is "Big Pump" which features Baba Israel doing beat-box vocals and guest sax-man Yosvany Terry. There is also the Latin-tinged "Seven Ways", which has a rockin' moog solo in the middle and nice trumpet work from guest Avishai Cohen. My favorite, though, has to be the ballad, "Friendship and Love". It features the gypsy vocals of bassist Panagiotis Andreou and Lindners' percussive use of the piano toward the end of the piece adds an interesting touch. Rebecca Ruth

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