Here & There

Deep in the pile of new sax/bass/drum improv-based recordings, a shake up occurs: sax, percussion, and….wait for it….guitars! Yay! Lingua Franca delivers the new sound palette the ears are thirsty for. It’s a little bit global, but in a way that even the world-music-phobic won’t have cause to cringe over. “Here & There” piles up the international influences, the timbres, and the musical ideas of Peter Epstein (alto and soprano saxophone), Brad Shepik (guitars), and Matt Kilmer (percussion). The impression is not Around the World in 80 Days, but much more like sitting out on the stoop on the hottest night of the year in some international city, a night when everyone in the building comes outside to get in on the jam.


—MS