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Lehman, Steve / Demian As Posthuman
Album:Demian As Posthuman Collection:Jazz
Artist:Lehman, Steve Added:11/2005
Label:Pi Recordings 

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Add Date:2005-11-06 Pull Date:2006-01-08 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:8 Jan11 Dec20 Nov13 Nov
Airplays:1113

 Recent Airplay
1.Feb 16, 2007:The Alternative Jewish Alternative
Demian
4.Nov 13, 2005:Coronary Heart Disease
Emphonic
2.Jan 06, 2006:Memory Select
Vapors
5.Nov 11, 2005:Memory Select
Demian
3.Dec 09, 2005:Memory Select
Vapors
6.Nov 08, 2005:Umami Jazz Program
Logic -- Meshell

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-11-12 
Mini-grooves with funk leanings but an avant-garde aesthetic. Like funk in eternal free-fall: tumbling rhythms forming a continuous but not-so-repeating groove. Similar feel to Steve Coleman's work in the '80s. Spacey little constructions. Most tracks are just sax and drums, with sequencer chords as backdrop. Tracks 1,7,12 bring in a full band.

Lehman and drummer Tyshawn Sorey are 2/3 of the band Fieldwork; third member Vijay Iyer (piano) joins on tracks 1 and 12. These tracks feature the same complexity and dry snap of Fieldwork, the same techno-hungry 21st-century feel informed by dance electronica. But where Fieldwork is hammering and ominous, this disk has a lighter touch, a more stripped-down feel.

1- Quick-footed w/small piano.
2- Elaborate groove with a couple of sequencer breaks
3- Slow overlapping sax tones
4- Reprise of 3, longer, with drum and drum-machine breaks
7- Midtempo groove, some electronics
8- Languid sax riff backs fast drum improv
11- Eerie, fairly fast, w/sci-fi noises
12- Happy, with insistant pulsing piano/sax

5, 6, 9, 10- Chaotic little grooves, with popping mid/fast saxes over drums and synth chords. All rather similar; 9 and 10 are more energetic, while 5 has a faster start.

Track Listing
1.Vapors 7.Logic -- Meshell
2.Demian 8.Logic -- Tyshawn
3.Damage Mobility (Acoustic) 9.Cognition -- Ernest Givens
4.Damage Mobility 10.Cognition -- Haywood Jeffries
5.Cognition -- Curtis Duncan 11.Emphonic
6.Cognition -- Drew Hill 12.Community