195

Elias Haslanger: Dream Story

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Elias Haslanger: Dream Story Austin, Texas-based saxophonist Elias Haslanger's 1998 outing Kicks are for Kids was a favorite among critics. With this long-awaited followup, the artist once again shows that he is a force to be reckoned with. Sporting a strong compositional pen and a brawny, yet fluid tenor sax sound, Haslangler leads his sextet through a sequence of vibrant works awash with tuneful content. He's an acute improviser who embellishes the finer points of John Coltrane and other luminaries with gobs of nicely laid out solo spots, marked by his clarity of thought and deft expressionism.

On "Simple Melodies, Haslanger executes a stout and gutsy gospel inflected jazz-blues motif marked by hard-blowing lines and the band's staggered funk-rock pulse. Then on "Interloper, he generates a bronzy tonal palate atop an anthem-like theme, radiantly colored by drummer J.J. Johnson's soft mallet work. In other areas, the band excels within sprightly swing/bop vamps, sanguine balladry and climactic crescendos. And with "Street Beat, Haslanger soldiers forward atop his rhythm section's military-style march pulse.

Perhaps with his busy schedule and session duties, Haslanger cannot devote much time to his recording career. With selfish intentions in mind, I hope he doesn't keep us in tow for another eight years. Simply put, Haslanger is a major talent who could find his way into the upper echelons of jazz with a judicious marketing push and smaller gaps between recordings.


Track Listing: Eternal & Absolute; Simple Melodies; Interloper; One Heart, One Mind; The Change Within; Watch Your Step; Dream Story; Street Beat; Remember When; In Search Of Beauty.

Personnel: Elias Haslanger: tenor & soprano saxophones; Pete Rodriguez: trumpet (4,8), flugelhorn (3), congas (6); Randy Zimmerman: trombone (2,6); JJ Johnson: drums; Andy Langham: piano; Hamilton Price: bass.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Cherrywood Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Intuit" CD/LP/Track Review Intuit
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 14, 2016
Read "Freedom is Space for the Spirit" CD/LP/Track Review Freedom is Space for the Spirit
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 2, 2017
Read "Which Craft?" CD/LP/Track Review Which Craft?
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 30, 2016
Read "Better Left Unsung" CD/LP/Track Review Better Left Unsung
by Doug Collette
Published: December 10, 2016
Read "So Beautiful, It Starts To Rain" CD/LP/Track Review So Beautiful, It Starts To Rain
by John Sharpe
Published: December 11, 2016
Read "Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles" CD/LP/Track Review Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 6, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!