Harris Eisenstadt September Trio: The Destructive Element (2013)
The trio executes a pulsating and melodic primary theme on "Additives," prefaced on unity and free-form modalities. Eskelin's corpulent tone abets his fiery improvisational segments, whether he may be mimicking Ben Webster-style balladry or lashing out with a cavalcade of stormy crescendos. Yet variety is a common denominator throughout, as the trio's inventions span asymmetrical cadences, and lyrically resplendent three-way dialogues.
"Back and Forth" features Eskelin's sultry narrative, attractively underscored by Sanchez' contrapuntal accompaniment, complementing a program synchronously designed with power, eloquence, and fluid mobility. The musicians tackle Schoenberg on two pieces comprised of punctual sax notes, counterpoint, and stringent movements. But they open the forum a tad, by interspersing some improvisation-based joviality into the mix as Eisenstadt generates the underlying momentum via his peppering and prodding. Indeed, September Trio pulls a lot of tricks out of the bag, but it's a cohesive and largely rewarding set as the musicians infuse a sense of anticipation into the grand schema.
Track Listing: Swimming, then Rained Out; Additives; From Schoenberg, Part One; Back and Forth; Ordinary Weirdness; The Destructive Element; Cascadia; From Schoenberg, Part Two; Here Are the Samurai.
Personnel: Harris Eisenstadt: drums, compositions; Ellery Eskelin: tenor saxophone; Angelica Sanchez: piano.
Record Label: Clean Feed Records
Style: Modern Jazz