Since the nineties, the drummer and bandleader Jim Black has been one of the most influential figures of progressive jazz. On his Intakt Records debut, Jim Black plays with the acclaimed young pianist Elias Stemeseder and highly in-demand New York bass player Thomas Morgan contemporary jazz with distinctive arrangements, complex rhythms and expressive improvisations.
Hank Shteamer writes in the linernotes: "The Constant, a suitelike collection of 10 new pieces, is a meditation on song – a celebration of plain-spoken melody but also an interrogation of the fragility of musical order. The Constant is a narrative of competing currents. On one hand, there is melody, most prominently a wistful, winding line that appears in opening track “High” and reoccurs throughout the album. As “High” begins, we hear Morgan dreamily plucking out this theme. The drummer, using brushes, adds whispering free-time textures, while the pianist makes his own way toward the motif. But there is also a gentle turbulence at work – a sense of the elusiveness and instability of song."
Jim Black: Drums, Composition
Elias Stemeseder: Piano
Thomas Morgan: Bass
All compositions by Jim Black – Strufa Music (BMI), except "Bill" by Jerome Kern/PG Wodehouse. Session produced, recorded and mixed by Amandine Pras at Water Music, NJ on December 9, 10, 11, 2015. Gabriel Bento, chief studio engineer, Rob Grenoble, studio owner, Christian Pelaez, studio intern & Josh Gomersall, studio intern. Mastered by Alan Silverman, Arf! Productions.
Liner notes: Hank Shteamer. Photos: Roberto Cifarelli. Cover art: Heike Liss / Jonas Schoder. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Executive producer: Florian Keller. CD produced by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt.
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Lehman's most emotional and most beautiful album to date. This album manages to be complex and extremely interesting to listen to while also feeling like a strong expression of emotion. Lehman's trio is incredible as usual, and they synergize perfectly with Craig Taborn. rat
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This is a wonderful album! Dave Douglas is one of my heroes. He's more than a great musician. He has a vision for the music and a feeling for putting together a group which is unique. So, beside Joey Baron (another heavyweight and one of my absolute favourite drummers) he invited some young cats to this session. They play just great and make sure that this music sounds totally fresh, whilst at the same time being deeply rooted in the jazz tradition. Florian Arbenz