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Hu Vibrational: Timeless

Read "Timeless" reviewed by Geno Thackara


An Adam Rudolph recording is less a collection of musical pieces than of sound paintings. The elements he works with are musical ones--any instrument known to mankind might be used, and often even used to play notes--but traditions of form and melody tend to be tossed out the window from the start. The tones are treated as daubs of paint on a palette, splashed here and there whenever they will add something to whichever imaginary landscape he is evoking at ...

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Sara Schoenbeck: Sara Schoenbeck

Read "Sara Schoenbeck" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Sara Schoenbeck is cast against type in the world of bassoonists. The versatile double reed, broad-ranged instrument dates to the Renaissance and is commonly found in wind ensembles and chamber orchestras. But Schoenbeck has brought her classical-leaning instrument to creative music in an electrifying body of work. Her self-titled leader debut is the first such project of her career. A series of nine duets allows Schoenbeck to fully explore the scope of the bassoon in close settings. Not ...

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Harris Eisenstadt Canada Day: Quartet Live

Read "Quartet Live" reviewed by Stefano Merighi


Il talento percussivo ma ancor più compositivo di Harris Eisenstadt viene confermato da questa incisione dal vivo, che la formazione modulare Canada Day—qui ridotta a quartetto—ha realizzato ad Avignone nel marzo 2018 durante un fortunato tour europeo. Anche se Eisenstadt ha approfondito tradizioni percussive sia africane che centroamericane, la sua musica non sfrutta queste suggestioni, preferendo la lingua franca del jazz internazionale contemporaneo, dove una scrittura sintetica ma solida apre fondali per improvvisazioni dei singoli, che si ...

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Harris Eisenstadt, Whit Dickey, Gard Nilssen and More

Read "Harris Eisenstadt, Whit Dickey, Gard Nilssen and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


A very eclectic show this time out: drummers are front and center: Joao Lencastre, Whit Dickey, Gard Nilssen, Harris Eisenstadt, Kahil El'Zabar from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and Germany's Max Andrzejewski. The latter and his band Hütte are tackling the music of rocker/composer Robert Wyatt. If that isn't off the wall, how about a combination of a Spinal Tap piece layered with an Ornette Coleman tune performed by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra? There's freer stuff from the likes of the ...

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Album Review

Harris Eisenstadt Old Growth Forest: Old Growth Forest II

Read "Old Growth Forest II" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The eternal debate persists. Is Harris Eisenstadt primarily a drummer or a composer? He composes music for orchestra and chamber ensembles, yet he leads several jazz groups including Canada Day (a quintet and sometimes quartet or octet), the small large ensemble Recent Developments, and this quartet with trombonist Jeb Bishop, saxophonist Tony Malaby, and bassist Jason Roebke. Like the new breed of percussion leaders Tyshawn Sorey and John Hollenbeck, Eisenstadt eschews the hulking Art Blakey / Tony Williams / Elvin ...

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Harris Eisenstadt: Recent Developments

Read "Recent Developments" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Formazione piuttosto singolare questa messa assieme dal batterista Harris Eisenstadt, senza sassofoni, chitarre e pianoforti, ma invece con fagotto, flauto, tuba e violoncello. Strumenti di estrazione classica, che in realtà nel jazz non sono mai mancati, specie alle origini (banjo e tuba) o in ambiti d'avanguardia (flauto e fagotto), ma che tutti assieme è raro incontrare. Ed è forse proprio per questo che il compositore canadese residente a New York ha intitolato questo disco Recent Developments: per sottolineare ...

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Harris Eisenstadt: Recent Developments

Read "Recent Developments" reviewed by John Sharpe


How do you pass the tedium of a long haul flight? Catch up on sleep, or take in those films you meant to watch but never got round to viewing? Few of us spend the time as productively as Canadian drummer Harris Eisenstadt who sketched out the main elements of his Recent Developments suite on the return home from tour. In spite of the prosaic titling the performance by a stellar nine strong band more than matches the standard set ...


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