Loren Stillman

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COMPOSERS: Loren Stillman
LABELS: SteepleChase
ALBUM TITLE: Loren Stillman: The Brothers’ Breakfast
WORKS: Loren Stillman: The Brothers’ Breakfast
PERFORMER: Loren Stillman (sax), Gary Versace (organ), Vic Juris (guitar), Jeff Hirshfield (drums)
Stillman is an intriguing blend of hot and cool. At times he sounds like a supercharged Lee Konitz – long, purling lines feathered by a faint vibrato and usually uncoloured by any tonal distortions. His improvisations are packed with notes yet have a distinct calmness. It is melodious playing, and this masterful quartet get right inside the skin of Stillman’s nine originals. Just for a breather, at the half-way point they tackle one of Thelonious Monk’s most difficult tunes, ‘Gallop’s Gallop’. Versace is becoming a regular on Steeplechase sessions and his expressive approach to the B3 organ always sounds right and relevant. In an age of soundalike guitarists, Juris is a rare individual. But it’s Stillman’s formidable reach and well of ideas which you’ll most want to hear. Richard Cook