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Rachel Eckroth: Humanoid

Read "Rachel Eckroth: Humanoid" reviewed by Sharonne Cohen

"Humanoid is a departure for me," Rachel Eckroth said when we spoke about her new piano quartet album, recorded at Sam First jazz club in Los Angeles on October 28 and 29, 2022. Taking her first piano lesson at the age of five, this accomplished, multifaceted musician has honed her craft over the four decades since, becoming not only a gifted and versatile pianist and keyboardist, but a vocalist and songwriter. Engaged in creative projects spanning jazz, indie and pop, ...

Album Review

Rachel Eckroth: Humanoid

Read "Humanoid" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Pianist Rachel Eckroth may use wellness or New agey terms such as polymath or bold vision to describe her approach to her considerable art, but she gets down to Earth for real and very quickly on Humanoid, her first all-acoustic recording. Recorded live at Sam's First in Los Angeles, Eckroth's very active imagination spearheads a group, including bassist and all round jazz entrepreneur Billy Mohler, drummer Tina Raymond--whose uncanny sense for everything a drummer can do, can be ...

Radio & Podcasts

Rachel Eckroth, Céline Bonacina, Csaba Palotai, Gard Nilssen & More

Read "Rachel Eckroth, Céline Bonacina, Csaba Palotai, Gard Nilssen & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The transatlantic partnership between Céline Bonacina, John Hadfield and Rachel Eckroth opens an edition of Mondo Jazz which also focuses on drummer-driven projects and piano trios.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Céline Bonacina “Tunnel" Jump (Cristal) 0:16 Host talks 4:59 John Hadfield “Tower of Liars" Drum of Stories (In a Circle) 6:53 Rachel Eckroth “Under a Fig Tree" Humanoid (Sam First) 12:47 Host talks 21:00 Csaba Palotaï, Simon ...

In Pictures

Rachel Eckroth trio at Blue Note Milan

Read "Rachel Eckroth trio at Blue Note Milan" reviewed by Roberto Cifarelli

Live Review

Rachel Eckroth al Blue Note di Milano

Read "Rachel Eckroth al Blue Note di Milano" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

The Garden--Rachel Eckroth, Anna Butterss, John Hadfield Blue Note Milano 24.5.2023 La pianista, tastierista, cantante e compositrice americana Rachel Eckroth, definita da alcuni la regina del crossover per le sue doti camaleontiche nel passare da un genere all'altro quasi senza soluzione di continuità, è sbarcata in Italia durante un tour europeo che l'ha vista apparire anche sul palco del Blue Note di Milano insieme al suo nuovo trio formato da Anna Butterss (basso elettrico, contrabbasso) ...

Album Review

Rachel Eckroth: The Garden

Read "The Garden" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Pianist and composer Rachel Eckroth travels a twisty road on this CD, creating an ever-changing mix of jazz, prog rock, and fusion which utilizes off- center beats and swarming electronic effects. Eckroth's music is a little different on each track. Sometimes it builds up from layers of piano and synthesizers. At other times it works out of the basic piano trio format. Everything she creates, though, has an edgy, ominous atmosphere which lends itself as much to dark ...

Album Review

Rachel Eckroth: The Garden

Read "The Garden" reviewed by Vic Albani

Approccio numero uno: Non so se ve ne siete accorti ma esistono dischi che al primo ascolto ti fanno dire “ok." Al secondo “eh però...." Al terzo “Cribbio... Wow! Ma cosa stavo ascoltando le altre due volte?." Al quarto, se volete giocare con i maledetti voti, siamo già vicini al “beh cinque stelle e forse oltre..." Poi, necessariamente devi riconsiderare tutto e passi ad un ascolto davvero analitico, ragionato e capisci che però, forse, è proprio così. ...


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