Daniel Levin Quartet - Organic Modernism
Music may be an abstract art, meaning, as Stravinsky used to say,
“nothing more than its own sounds”, but when it's presented with a title
like "Organic Modernism", we have some food for thought.
Levin Quartet makes music that is an expression of the present day
post-post-modernist condition (this double "post" justified by the fact
that the organized artistic movements are collapsing, including those of
the so-called post-modernism, thereby giving room to a pulverized
aesthetic reality with all imaginable concepts constellated freely).
Here we have four musicians stating that the "modernism" factor is still
in full effect. And why? Because this music is anchored primarily by
the prototypical modernist musical genre of jazz, simultaneously
incorporating a dizzying array of musical techniques, concepts,
references, and aesthetic approaches, resulting in a very modern kind of
The music presented here by Daniel Levin, Nate
Wooley, Matt Moran and Peter Bitenc for the band’s sixth cd emerges from
the rich and fertile soil of regular and highly focused collaboration
over the span of nine years. In other words, and as the music writer Art
Lange mentions in his liner-notes, we find here the construction of a
"system". It may be an open system, or a hybrid, but it's still a
system, like jazz was 60 years ago. Brilliant.