Steven Lantner

Reaching

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These totally improvised duets between pianist Steven Lantner and electric violinist Mat Maneri explore the outer limits of jazz harmonies and rhythms. Lantner and Maneri are well known for their work with microtonalities: their ability to squeeze notes between the lines. Here, Lantner uses an acoustic piano placed at a 90-degree angle to a digital synthesizer, while Maneri strums both a fretless six-string and a five-string baritone model. This set-up permits a versatility that translates to some extraordinary music. By listening carefully and never engaging in emotional bloodletting, they participate in conversations of great depth, ranging from "Planet o' Love" to "Waltzing" to "Old Style." This is not easy music to digest, but the rewards are constant. The sound is unique and even exquisite at times.

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