CD REVIEWS FROM THE FEBRUARY 2010 ISSUE OF THE LOS ANGELES JAZZ SCENE
by Scott Yanow

Bassist John Lang's Lend Me Your Ears, although recorded recently, is more boppish. Lang performs three of his songs apiece with two different quintets and an octet, all of which use completely different personnel other than the leader. The music is often quite extroverted, whether it is the rhythm changes of “Scuttle The Muttle,” the Jazz Messenger feel of “Art Lovers” (obviously a tribute to Art Blakey), or the Latinish “Thumbelina,” with the lyrical ballad “Communion” being a contrast. The lineup of musicians (trumpeters Nathan Eklund, David Smith and Bill Mobley, tenors David Noland, Kim Bock and Craig Yaremko, altoist Erik Lawrence, trombonist Andy Hunter, pianists Jeremy Manasia and Ehud Asherie, guitarists Justin Wert and Saul Rubin and drummers Andy O'Neill, Brian Floody and Phil Stewart plus John Lang) is filled with excellent and talented players deserving of being discovered. Straight ahead jazz collectors will want this excellent outing!