The title of the Israeli-American drummer Ehran Elisha new ensemble album suggests his approach to music and improvisation. Inspired by the approach of Miles Davis, its art, aesthetics, compositional and improvisational tools never rest, simply continue forward. Always enriching the creative process, whether within formal compositions, free improvisations solo performances or with new musicians. The ensemble, a quintet comprised of Elisha long-time friends--violinist Sam Bardfield and tenor saxophonist David Bindham, together with acclaimed double bassist Ken Filiano and Elisha's father, pianist Haim Elisha, a professor of music, an orchestral and operatic conductor who is well- versed ...read more
Drummer Elisha is one of those players that operates just below the prevailing radar screen in creative improvised music and his work as a leader, in spite of an earlier solid offering on CIMP ( The Kicker ), has yielded only checkered recognition thus far. The same can actually be safely said for each of the other members of this six-piece ensemble. Campbell is arguably the most high profile among them, due mainly to his associations with high profile players such as William Parker and Peter Brötzmann. As is indicative of much of this music the musicians’ comparative anonymity has ...read more
Drummer Ehran Elisha is the agitator on this recent release titled, The Lowdown. Essentially, the “Ehran Elisha Ensemble” covers a wide spectrum of what one might expect from a crew of New York City based improvisers as the drummer/leader steers the band onward via his bustling and unwavering approach to meter. Yet one of the distinct highlights of this energetic set is how the musicians generate memorable themes and motifs that often serve as the foundations for striking improv and exciting escapades.
The main thrust of this recording is the multi-part opus titled, “The Lowedown: A Kinetic Music Suite” as ...read more