Harris Eisenstadt: The Soul and Gone (2006)
"The Evidence of Absence..." opens with an energetic theme that simmers down to a quartet. Adasiewicz and Roebke spar with Eisenstadt, sparking cymbal, rim and snare. Parker oozes and implies chordal accompaniment. Mears and Bishop growl, buzz, flutter and smear to open "Three Breaths," while Parker, Adasiewicz, and Roebke play a languid unison. An extended clarinet/trombone duo thrills with its careening mutations. The other four make the most of minimalism, hatching small flurries. Parker, Roebke, and Eisenstadt set up "Portrait of Holden Caufield." A contrapuntal trio molds melodies, then Eisenstadt replaces Bishop and Mears takes flight in trio with vibes and drums. An atmospheric ballad, "Seed," approaches softly with a slow building intensity. "And a Hard Place" continues that intensity, pausing for several measures of Bishop solo magic, followed by a raw passionate reading by Mears.
The Soul and Gone continues to document the burgeoning career of Harris Eisenstadt, also providing a summit meeting between great improvisers from the West Coast and the Midwest.
Track Listing: Evidence of Absence; Three Breaths; Portrait of Holden Caufield; Posauno y Schlagwerk; Kola #2; Seed; And a Hard Place.
Personnel: Harris Eisenstadt: drums; Jason Adasiewicz: vibes; Jason Roebke: bass; Jeb Bishop: trombone; Jason Mears: alto saxophone, clarinet; Jeff Parker: guitar.
Record Label: 482 Music
Style: Modern Jazz