Steve Lantner
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  “Given, Live In Münster,” is the Steve Lantner Quartet’s second effort. Its sax-piano-bass-drums line-up invites weight against the measure of classic albums like “Misterioso,” “Black Fire,” “Giant Steps,” and “Saxophone Colossus” on the one hand, and thousands of rote quartet recordings on the other. Lantner’s contribution falls on the right end of the spectrum by doing exactly what a jazz album must in order to justify its carbon footprint in the 21st Century; it presents a vivid impression of a singular musician with a strong band moving the music forward.  Or as Lantner puts it, “I am trying to play jazz music in a language that I think is a natural evolution past tonal/modal sensibilities.”

— Bill Meyer