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Jeff Lederer & The Brooklyn Blowhards, Brooklyn Blowhards (Little (i) Music)
CD Reviews: March 31, 2016

03/31/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Jeff Lederer & The Brooklyn Blowhards, Brooklyn Blowhards (Little (i) Music)

Avant-garde pioneer Albert Ayler is the one of the two main influential thrusts of this free-jazz project from sax-player/clarinetist Lederer, an educator and long-time member of Matt Wilson’s quartet. Ayler has been Lederer’s muse in other projects, but here there’s a synchronistic irony, as the second pillar of this LP is the sea shanty (Ayler died at sea, you see). The net effect of all this is a look at what the Saturday Night Live band would sound like if the whole unit were spontaneously trying to improvise brawny, regal, blocky chunks of soundtrack for a movie about tall ships surging through the Atlantic. Naturally these faux-majestic anthems often dissolve into jiggly, wigged-out spasms, part of the deal you get with free jazz, but for the most part, sure, I could see these rough sketches serving as background for quixotic Monty Python-ish slices of life. A mood-enhancer any way you cut it.





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