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Marco Eneidi: Pallettes of Color & Sound

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Marco Eneidi seems to become a forgotten artist. Which is odd, at the very least, because his improvisation workshops are attended by the first seat of the Tonk√ľnstler-Orchester Nieder√∂sterreich, and because, in just the past few years, the saxophonist has played with artists including pianist Cecil Taylor, guitarist Joe Morris, reed multi-instrumentalists Roscoe Mitchell, Peter Brötzmann and Ken Vandermark, cornetist Butch Morris, and drummers/percussionists Andrew Cyrille, Michael Zerang, Paul Lovens, and Han Bennink.Yet, despite his rare musical skills, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vinny Golia / Marco Eneidi / Lisa Mezzacappa / Vijay Anderson: Hell-Bent In The Pacific

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Ever since moving to Austria in 2004, Bay Area alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi has flown beneath the radar, particularly in terms of recorded output. His discography boasts some heavy duty entries, including late trumpeter Bill Dixon's Thoughts (Soul Note, 1986) and bass maestro William Parker's Sunrise In The Tone World (Aum Fidelity, 1996), in addition to several appearances with legendary pianist Cecil Taylor, so it's a real pleasure to find him in the company of three other West Coast residents ...

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American Roadwork / Sound on Survival Live

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Lisle Ellis/Marco Eneidi/Peter Valsamis American Roadwork CIMP 2004

According to Robert Rusch's liner notes for American Roadwork, the Sound on Survival trio (alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi, bassist Lisle Ellis and drummer Peter Valsamis) played 21 shows in 21 days and logged an estimated 8,000 miles on the road before going into the Spirit Room for this session. Eneidi's idea was for a ballads album, but Ellis suggested blues music, performed tightly and ...

INTERVIEW

Marco Eneidi: Still Here

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Alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi is one of contemporary creative music's unsung heroes. He studied with Jimmy Lyons and Sonny Simmons and has played and recorded with illustrious musicians including Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, William Parker and Glenn Spearman.Each of his albums is a special treat. Despite a significant discography ranging from trio to large orchestra to his name, Eneidi's work suffers from an inexplicable obscurity. That's a loss not only for the artist but for music lovers who ...

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Marco Eneidi/William Parker/Donald Robinson: Cherry Box

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Listening to the 1998 recording Cherry Box is akin to spending an hour in dedicated meditation. After the intensity of the primary experience fades away, one finds oneself awash in spiritual calm. The trio of Eneidi, Parker, and Robinson use their shared experience to their advantage, ensuring coherence and cohesion. But spirituality is their main stock in trade.

Cherry Box pays open tribute to the spiritual music of Coltrane's small groups. In both the unpretentious intensity of the saxophone improvisations ...

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Marco Eneidi, William Parker, and Donald Robinson: Cherry Box

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Marco Eneidi, William Parker, and Donald Robinson recorded Cherry Box live in concert on September 20, 1998 at the Mills College Concert Hall in Oakland, California. Parker is the best known of the three musicians and most readers of this review probably don't need an introduction to the bassist's considerable work both as a leader and as a member of bands lead by leading figures in creative improvised music such as Cecil Taylor and David S. Ware. Eneidi and Robinson ...


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