Heritage / Evolution, Vol. 1 (feat. Steve Lehman, Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Greg Osby, Tim Ries & Miguel Zenón)
The classical saxophone group shows off the fruits of its commissioning labors: six expressive new works, composed by jazz-world artists (each of whom appears with PRISM to play his piece). And while you can hear the influence of swing and improv at many points, the music generally works as chamber music, too. Highlights include Miguel Zenon's "X Marks the Square" (Disc 1, Track 3) and Steve Lehman's "15 Places at the Same Time" (Disc 2, Tracks 1-5). Other composer-performers include Rudresh Mahanthappa, Tim Ries, Greg Osby and Dave Liebman. A cover of Coltrane's "Dear Lord" is a smart finale.