Discography

Riptide (2011)

Composer and multireedist Andy Laster presents Riptide, his first chamber music release and his first release on the Tzadik label. Laster has previously recorded seven CDs as a composer-performer, forging a highly contrapuntal style that synthesizes elements of early and modern jazz, the downtown New York City improv scene, and western European art music. Riptide is a collection of recent instrumental chamber music, programmed like a recital, with contrasting instrumentation from piece to piece.

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Window Silver Bright (2002)

Window Silver Bright is the second outing from Andy Laster's Lessness band and, much like their acclaimed first release, it's a stellar example of chamber jazz that fluidly combines classical composition techniques with inspired improvisation.

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Soft Shell (2000)

Laster’s third recording with his band Hydra, for the Knitting Factory label.

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Interpretations of Lessness (1998)

A chamber-jazz suite inspired by Samuel Beckett's short prose work. Laster establishes a richly appealing sound world, catching something of Beckett's rhythms, colors, sadness, and obtuse, oddly-vaudevillian humor. 20-bit recording.

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Polyogue (1996)

Expanding from quartet to quintet for its first Songlines release, Hydra stomps and steals its way through Laster’s rhythmically complex, memorably quirky compositions.  The addition of electric and Portuguese guitars adds to an already vivid line-up allows the ensemble to explore a broad range of voicings and textures.

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Hydra (1995)

Hydra is Laster’s third CD for Sound Aspects, and his first recording with the band Hydra.  This version of the quartet features Ed Schuller on bass.  The songs feature elements of modaly polyphony, serialism and free bop.  The CD includes Laster’s quirky and angular odd-time standard Radbaz.

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Twirler (1993)

Laster’s second release on the ground-breaking and now-defunct Sound Aspects label.  This CD includes the country and western ballad, Lyleland, dedicated to Lyle Lovett, with whom Laster performed in the 80s and 90s.

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Hippo Stomp (1989)

Laster’s first CD, originally issued on vinyl, later released on CD with an extra track, Shippensburg.

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