Ellery Eskelin: Vanishing Point
Simply put, it took this writer a while to get used to the saxophonist's muscular, or strenuously echoed lines performed in concert with the string section and vibraphonist Matt Moran's horizontally inclined underpinnings. Occasionaly, Eskelin's deep and altogether glowing thematic inventions seem to contend with the often darkly hued frameworks, consisting of microtonal and minimalist-type sub plots. Otherwise, there is quite a bit going on under the covers as they say.
The musicians tend to subliminally alter various movements, whether it is bassist Mark Dresser's deft plucking of his acoustic bass strings, violist Mat Maneri's subtle shifts in strategy or cellist Erik Friedlander's contrasting statements. With "Paradigm" Eskelin injects bluesy and plaintive cries atop his accompanists' swirling assertions and climactic overtures. Overall, the band lets the chips fall where they may, and other than some awkward moments, Eskelin's latest effort contains more than a few surprises.
Track Listing: 1. Scatter Brain 2. Horizon Blue 3. Terra Firma 4. Inquietante Familiarite 5. Transient 6. Still Life 7. Signal Drift 8. Paradigm
Personnel: Ellery Eskelin: tenor saxophone; Mat Maneri: viola; Erik Friedlander: cello; Mark Dresser: bass; Matt Moran: vibraphone
Record Label: Hat Hut Records
Style: Modern Jazz