Sabbagh/Jermyn/Miller - Lean review: Fresh, fearless music

Thu, Sep 8, 2016, 19:00

   
 

Album:
Lean

Artist:
Sabbagh/Jermyn/Miller

Label:
Self-Released

Genre:
Jazz

Composition and improvisation are equally weighted with the Brooklyn-based Lean trio, but the line between the two on their excellent debut album is rarely obvious and entirely irrelevant.

All three – French saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh, Irish bassist Simon Jermyn and US drummer Allison Miller – contribute tunes that are loose and fresh enough to pass for improv, which in turn suggest structures for a lively three-cornered conversation that sounds through-composed, such is the empathetic connection between musicians.

Sabbagh’s horn spins mournful melodies, while Jermyn’s hybrid bass- meets-guitar and Miller’s subtle grooves move beyond traditional rhythm section roles towards more open, less obvious forms.

Fresh, fearless music from three fast-rising members of the fecund Brooklyn scene.

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