An impeccably trained multireedist…
— The New York Times (Nate Chinen)
Lugerner’s approach to making music is very much his own; and he seems to be pursuing it to impressive advantage.
— San Francisco Examiner (Stephen Smoliar)
…a textured, nearly seamless blend of composition and improvisation…
— The Village Voice (Francis Davis)
….an ambitious composer, arranger, and conceptualist who seems to be overflowing with ideas.
— The Chicago Tribune (Peter Margasak)
Indeed, Lugerner is a wise soul who possesses a deep-rooted artistic persona via his markedly unique compositional style, paralleling his astute leadership.
— AllAboutJazz.com

*** Named “Rising Star on Soprano Saxophone” in DownBeat Magazine (2017)

••• 3.5 Star Review in DownBeat Magazine for The Music of Jackie McLean (2016)

*** Named “Rising Star on Soprano Saxophone” in DownBeat Magazine (2014)

*** 3 Star Review in DownBeat Magazine for For We Have Heard (2013)


JACKNIFE

 

••• 3.5 Star Review in DownBeat Magazine (2016)

 

“Clearly rooted in the jazz tradition, JACKNIFE is a hungry, young combo that feasts on the themes of the great Jackie McLean” - Downbeat Magazine

 

“JACKNIFE provdes to be a sharp, cutting-edge band, even with a repertoire over 50 years old. Lugerner, especially, channels the creative heat and searing, tart tone of the young Jackie McLean” - The NYC Jazz Record (George Kranzler)

 

“JACKNIFE is a burner and shock to the system, a bucket of ice water poured on you on a 100-degree day” - ICON Magazine (Mark Keresman)

 

“If you’re a fan of McLean’s middle period of writing/playing then this will please your ears beyond nostalgia.” - Cadence Magazine (Bob Rusch)

 

“The audacity of McLean’s attack is apparent in everything that Lugerner plays. The aggressiveness, rough edges and incisiveness of McLean’s conception are apparent from his successor’s first solo” - Rifftides (Doug Ramsey)

 

“Steven Lugerner delvers a tribute to the advanced hard bopper Jackie McLean with an impressively assertive and swinging team…” - Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)

 

“Paying such a musician homage would not be easy if the right artists did not seize the day to ensure that the music McLean made at various points in his career did not gleam with the same intensity as when Jackie McLean recorded it. That is what recommends this recording rather simply entitled The Music of Jackie McLean with such nobility. The vitality and brilliance of these six tracks as played by a most appropriately named band: Jacknife shine forth in the strongest and most exciting, visceral colours.” - JazzdaGama

 

“{JACKNIFE} fearlessly reinvigorates the classics without looking back.” - Midwest Record

 


FOR WE HAVE HEARD

 

*** 3 Star Review in DownBeat Magazine (2013)

 

“….an ambitious composer, arranger, and conceptualist who seems to be overflowing with ideas.” - Peter Margasak (The Chicago Tribune)

 

“Steven Lugerner’s For We Have Heard has a mystical quality and a highly spiritual feel. If a film director decided to make a movie based on events in the Book of Joshua and used For We Have Heard as the soundtrack, Lugerner’s compositions would be right at home.” - Jazz Inside Magazine

 

“…melding composed music with provocative improvisations in a concise coherent fashion” - Modern Drummer Magazine

 

“For We Have Heard is an album that demands close and attentive listening because of its very delicate and tender compositions.” - Free Jazz Blog

 

“Indeed, Lugerner is a wise soul who possesses a deep-rooted artistic persona via his markedly unique compositional style, paralleling his astute leadership.” - AllAboutJazz.com

 

“Lugerner presents music that challenges the ear, just as it must have challenged the composer as he went about the task of crafting the songs.  And as it is with any challenge, the effort to engage comes with its rewards.” - Bird Is the Worm

 

“…distantly warm, this is music unafraid to challenge. Active music, but with a heavy presence.” - eMusic

 

“you can’t help but notice how {Steven Lugerner} the double-reedist holds such a tight, commanding grip on his chamber jazz ensembles and the sounds they produce.” - Pop Matters

 

“For Have We Heard has no allegiance to any one style of creative music but the program remains true to its composer’s unique vision. Take the time to wend your way through the songs - the reward is in the impressive architecture of the performances.” - Step Tempest

 

“For We Have Heard: it’s a beautiful album of compositions and improvisations played by a superb group consisting of pianist Myra Melford, trumpeter Darren Johnston, and drummer Matt Wilson.This CD is a great find, and I highly recommend it.” - Politics and Prose (DC)

 

“…sparse, well-plotted themes, solos void of cliche and sentimentality and coarse textures that are intriguing throughout.” - The Jazz Word


CHIVES

 

Chives have developed an intimate rapport, and they show it off expertly on their terrific new album, Dads (Primary)—dedicated, obviously, to their fathers. They’re a limber group, and the rhythm section brings elasticity and bounce to the alternately airy and driving grooves as Lugerner tangles with the themes, sometimes playing inside them and sometimes soaring far afield. Lugerner’s soprano work in particular is excellent, avoiding cloying sweetness in favor of a wonderfully dry sound reminiscent of Steve Lacy. He’s clearly someone to keep an eye on.” Peter Margasak of The Chicago Reader