A Trumpet In The Morning is a first for multi-reedist Marty Ehrlich; it's the first album completely dedicated to his large group works and the first album under his name that's basically directed by his hand rather than his horn(s). The intrepid Ehrlich, who fell under the sway of St. Louis' Black Artists Group (BAG) in his formative years and fell in with the AACM crowd when he arrived in New York in the late '70s, has been putting out adventurous music under his own name for three decades. More than two dozen dates on labels like Tzadik, Enja, Black ...read more
The premier of Marty Ehrlich's Rites Quartet, Things Have Got To Change (Clean Feed, 2009), featured the venerable multi-instrumentalist's engaging originals bolstered by a handful of previously unrecorded pieces by his mentor, the late Julius Hemphill (1938-1995). Drawing on Hemphill's seminal work in the St Louis-based Black Artists' Group (BAG), and his innovative writing for the World Saxophone Quartet, Ehrlich has proven to be one of the legendary saxophonist's most ardent devotees, leading Hemphill's self-titled saxophone sextet after his passing.Named after a phrase culled from a poem by James Marshal--founder of the St. Louis-based Human Arts Ensemble (with ...read more
Trombonist Ray Anderson and reed player Marty Ehrlich first played together in 1978 as part of Anthony Braxton's band. Thirty-one years later, with extensive individual discographies, the pair finally formed a band of their own and recorded a concert at the 2009 Jazz Festival Willisau, in Switzerland. Hear You Say is this recording--a highly energetic, exciting, adventurous live performance. The two leaders share writing credit--four tunes by Ehrlich and three from Anderson. Both men are inspired writers and performers; their compositions are terrifically inventive and both writing and playing are invested with humor. It's a winning combination. ...read more
The clarity that's so immediately apparent in Marty Ehrlich's alto sound permeates his work, so that there's a quality at once naked and luminous in the music heard here. The quartet with trumpeter James Zollar, cellist Erik Friedlander and drummer Pheeroan akLaff and the concept harkens back to the early Ornette Coleman Quartet, each member committed to an intense lyricism, an insistence on the emotional power of blues and hymn. There are moments in the opening Rites Rhythm" that even suggest something as specific as Coleman's Lonely Woman." The Coleman sensibility, though, is clearly filtered through the ...read more
One of the seminal artists of the New York Loft jazz scene, composer and multi-instrumentalist Julius Hemphill (1938-1995) left a diverse legacy that lives on through the tireless efforts of saxophonist Tim Berne and multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich. Hemphill's earthy forays with cellist Abdul Wadud in the early seventies broke new stylistic ground, unapologetically drawing inspiration from funk, soul and R&B. His inventive writing for unconventional instrumental combinations was further realized as a founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet and leader of his own saxophone sextet in the 1990s.
An ardent supporter, Berne featured Hemphill on his expansive 1992 JMT ...read more
Multi-reedist Marty Ehrlich and pianist Myra Melford share more than a virtuosic touch and rugged lyricism. Their work embodies a single-minded approach to duo playing that lends an air of cohesion to the most abstract improvisation, allowing their ideas to blend to the point where Ehrlich's tone becomes a growling, vibrato-laden extension of Melford's sensitive voicings and provocative counterpoints or a serene answer to one of the pianist's jarring exclamations. Spark! opens and closes with Hymn, a bluesy Ehrlich original that has become a mainstay of the duo's repertoire over their decade-plus association. The first take opens ...read more
Marty Ehrlich Trio New Opera House Tel Aviv, Israel Friday, January, 19, 2007
The first performance in Israel of New York-based composer and reed player Marty Ehrlich offered a concise overview of the career of the gifted player. Ehrlich presented his new trio--Shanir Ezra Blumenkrantz on bass and oud along with drummer Mark Fereber--and hosted Israeli saxophonist Albert Beger in the second half of the concert.
Ehrlich opened the concert with two pieces from his last quartet release Line on Love (Palmetto, 2003), the title tune and Like I Said," which were ...read more