Lenz has had experience in a wide variety of music genres, having played in pit orchestras, rock bands, pop bands, and jazz combos. In addition, his band mates came from versatile backgrounds.
This wide range of music experience pays off on Simple Life, a hodgepodge collection of different beats which is surely to treat any lover of the eclectic. Lenz seems to have a consistent funk beat to his playing, and this, combined with smooth sounds of the sax and calculated rhythms of the bass, lends some fresh air to contemporary jazz. I must say that the first three tracks were a bit too repetitious. As the album progresses, however, the band makes up for this by exposing us to this delightful fusion of sounds and styles.
I recommend this to anyone who savors contemporary jazz, especially that which is eclectic in nature.