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Michael Eaton

Michael Eaton (b. 1981) is a Brooklyn, NY based saxophonist, composer, and educator. As a saxophonist and improvising artist, his professional career to date has spanned a variety of idioms, especially modern jazz and free improvised music. He embraces a progressive and holistic vision of jazz, cognizant of its rich history and development, but reaches for a personal outlook with an eye towards future possibilities.

Michael's releases include his 2014 debut album on Destiny Records, Individuation, which highlighted angular themes, intricate minimalistic vamps, freebop, Cageian prepared piano, and multilayered open platforms. The band is joined on several cuts by NEA Jazz Master and saxophonist David Liebman. Scott Yanow (All Music Guide, Downbeat) calls Individuation a “rather impressive debut, the start of what will surely be a very significant solo career”, and Vitto Lo Conte writes in Music Zoom that it signifies “a great debut album of a saxophonist and a quartet who seem to have all it takes to get noticed in the world of contemporary jazz”.

Individuation's second album, Dialogical, was released on Destiny in 2019. Centered around the theme of dialogical thinking and multiplicity, it features compositions and improvisations with a large cast of musicians: Jon Crowley (trumpet), Brittany Anjou (vibraphone, Origin Records), Cheryl Pyle (flute), Sean Sonderegger (tenor sax; Skirl Records), James Brandon Lewis (tenor sax), Enrique Haneine, and a very special guest artist, Lionel Loueke (guitar and vocals; Blue Note Records).

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The Maximal Effect

Mother Brain Records
2021

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Dialogical

Destiny Records
2019

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Individuation

Destiny Records
2015

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Dream of the One Sentenced to Death

From: The Maximal Effect
By Michael Eaton

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