Gordon Lee

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MUSIC REVIEW BY George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon

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It's strictly one man's opinion, but I've always considered Portland's Lee to be a pianist rooted in the jazz art, but one open to a multitude of influences and musical colors which compliment his considerable stature in jazz. On his second CD for the Seattle-based OA2 label, Lee explores seven original compositions and five selections from other sources. Two distinct trios of esteemed Portland resident musicians give Lee outstanding support. One of those trios features Dave Captein and Carlton Jackson; the other Kevin Deitz and Ron Steen. His program actually spins in several directions. There are Latin and bossa touches on "Andalucia" and Jobim's stunning "Portrait in Black and White"; and on the Lee original, "Minor Discrepancy." Or how about a look back at time spent with Native American saxist Jim Pepper on Pepper's "Lakota Song"; or a funky revisit to Lee Morgan's "Cornbread." Among several originals, I especially liked "Ninety-Nine, Ninety Nine," a quirky, witty melody line which nearly speaks those very words. Lee has brought his prodigious creativity to Portland and world audiences for many years. May his flag continue waving for many more.






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