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CD Review: The George Lernis Jazz Quartet

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CD Review: The George Lernis Jazz Quartet

The George Lernis Jazz Quartet

  • Genre: Jazz - Improvisation
  • Personnel:
    George Lernis - drums, Lefteris Kordis - piano, Mark Zaleski - bass, Scott Boni - alto saxophone
  • Tracks:
    Early Spring, Squirrel Dance, Canvas, Rhythm Portals, Walking in Rhythm, Bending Time, Feeling Groovy

A graduate with a degree in Jazz Performance from Berklee College, George Lernis is a composer with limitless imagination. His outsatnding, well constructed compositions convey both the present and the past of Jazz. There is some Jazz Fusion on tracks like "Early Spring"and "Rhythm Portals". The more traditional sounds of Jazz may be heard on "Squirrel Dance" a track reminiscent of Miles Davis Quintet with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock and on "Walking Rhythm", with some elements of Bebop and sax improvisations a la Charlie Parker by Scott Boni.

On "Bending Time" Lernis Quartet ventures into free improvisation with a Cecil Taylor like sound by Lefteris Kordis on piano. All musicans had the chance to disply their improvisational skills all throghout the album. Lernis cites legend drummer Tony Williams as his model and there is some of Williams on his playing. As a drummer Lernis style is sharp and creative.

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