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Zigsaw

by Noah Preminger

Tenor Saxophonist Noah Preminger Unleashes Zigsaw: Music of Steve Lampert, a Masterful Convergence of Challenging Composition, Electronic Music, and New Avenues of Improvisation
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Tenor Saxophonist Noah Preminger Unleashes Zigsaw: Music of Steve Lampert, a Masterful Convergence of Challenging Composition, Electronic Music, and New Avenues of Improvisation.

Zigsaw: Music of Steve Lampert, tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger’s 14th album, is easily his most ambitious one to date. Combining jazz improvisation, electronics, backbeat grooves and powerful melodic sections, it all adds up to a cohesive and highly listenable piece of music. The latest in a series of brilliant albums that have established Preminger as a leading saxophone voice and an important figure in today’s jazz scene, Zigsaw represents the apotheosis of the 33-year-old tenor man’s recording career — thus far.

Zigsaw is the product of Preminger’s enduring friendship and collaboration with composer/ trumpeter Steve Lampert, an under heralded jazz figure whose heady compositions lay down a gauntlet for even the best players. “Steve is absolutely brilliant,” Preminger says of the artist whose recording resume includes five extremely innovative albums as a leader. “He’s the highest-level cat. It doesn’t get any deeper than Steve.”

The project dates back more than two years, when Preminger asked Lampert if he would compose a piece of music for him and an ensemble. Lampert readily agreed and, as is his custom, did not enter into the endeavor lightly. Rather than deliver a collection of tunes, Lampert concocted something akin to a magnum opus — a single 49-minute piece that’s at once highly structured and consummately open.

Zigsaw — a portmanteau of “zigzag” and “jigsaw” that Lampert says sums up the character of the piece — is divided into 12 sections. Each is divvied into four subsections — a vamp-like sequence, explosive “open blowing,” a return to a part of the central melody, and a floating “fantasy section” — that create serpentine avenues for Preminger’s ace band of improvisers to explore.




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