This is captivating music – exciting, surprising, moving – it doesn’t let go. The ethos of Austrian Edith Lettner‘s music demands an open musical landscape of creative ideas free of stylistic limitations. Her New York quartet Edith Lettner Jazz Heart is comprised of like-minded, musicians dedicated to playing original compositions.
Their complex music and harmonies are simultaneously juxtaposed with atonal melodies and solos, and rhythms vary over a wide spectrum both within and between compositions in what Lettner describes as “groove creations”.
Jazz Heart will play tunes from Edith’s latest, and much praised album, TAKING OFF, (recorded with her European jazz ensemble, Freemotion). New compositions by Lettner and other band members will round out the set.
“The Austrian alto and soprano saxophonist accomplishes the lofty artistic pursuit with graceful ingenuity, as she fronts her [jazz ensemble]. She wields a grainy, vigorous tone on saxophones, and often favors searing melodies that brim with braying and growling dissonance. And while the compositions on [her new CD]Taking Off undoubtedly tilt toward the avant-garde, the music still can swing hard.”–John Murph – DownBeat Magazine, July 2018
EDITH LETTNER JAZZ HEART
Edith Lettner- alto & soprano saxophone, duduk
Zach Lapidus- piano
Julian Smith- double bass
Rodrigo Recabarren- drums