Drummer Harris Eisenstadt has gained steam on the progressive jazz front, largely due to his complex and harmonically variant compositions amid glittering support from like-minded musicians who often lead solo careers as well. His Canada Day band reemerges with a strong program, seeded in multidimensional jazz-tinged spinoffs, featuring free form segments, intricately executed structural components and other factors.
Bassist Garth Stevenson launches "The Magician of Lublin," with a creaky and cranky arco bass riff, segueing the band into a crisp, yet restrained mid-tempo swing vamp. Here, vibraphonist Chris Dingman takes charge via his softly resonating lines, followed by the hornists' linear and odd-metered unison choruses. Soloing ensues as the frontline injects many emotive qualities into the schema, with Eisenstadt kicking it up a few notches, only to throttle it back.
Ultimately, the musicians explore, counteract, and work within an airy and wide open soundscape. The players trace the storyline either with temperance or by rendering edgy intonations atop swing and bop parameters. However, they variegate the pitch and close the piece out with zesty choruses, treated with unconventional time signatures.
Eisenstadt produces yet another winning combination of ideas and disparate formats, and leads his band into a many-sided incursion, sparked by his thought-provoking compositions.
Personnel: Nate Wooley: trumpet; Matt Bauder: tenor saxophone; Chris Dingman: vibraphone; Garth Stevenson: bass; Harris Eisenstadt: drums, compositions.
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand. Their massive record collection, my parents taking me to concerts and clubs (only one of five kids to do so), the Magnavox furniture stereo/radio ... it all added up. It was complex, emotional music. And it had rhythm! I drummed and followed the music through the '60s even as I enjoyed the new musics of my generation.
Along with side-trips to other musicians and music, it's been one hell of a pony ride ever since.