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Marty Ehrlich: Trio Exaltation

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After his previous release, 2013's magnificent big-band disc A Trumpet in the Morning (New World Records), it was unclear whether multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich would continue down the path of large-scale composition or return to the small-to-medium-sized ensembles he's used for most of his recorded output over the years. Well, he's gone small all right: all the way down to a trio, something he's not done since 2000, when he teamed up with Andrew Cyrille and Mark Dresser on C/D/E (Jazz ...

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Funk Off: Things Change

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The whole point, when it comes to marching bands, is that they have to well, stroll around while playing their instruments. I guess, you guess, that the whole point is lost on CD, where the mono-dimensional (time) facet of the spectrum monopolises the dynamics of the whole. Things Change makes obviously no exception, but does it matter? Not at all. The range of influences at play here is-- by itself--praiseworthy and laudable; the magnitude of their individual skillsets reveals a ...

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Marty Ehrlich: A Trumpet In The Morning

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A Trumpet In The Morning is a first for multi-reedist Marty Ehrlich; it's the first album completely dedicated to his large group works and the first album under his name that's basically directed by his hand rather than his horn(s). The intrepid Ehrlich, who fell under the sway of St. Louis' Black Artists Group (BAG) in his formative years and fell in with the AACM crowd when he arrived in New York in the late '70s, has been putting out ...

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Marty Ehrlich's Rites Quartet: Frog Leg Logic

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The premier of Marty Ehrlich's Rites Quartet, Things Have Got To Change (Clean Feed, 2009), featured the venerable multi-instrumentalist's engaging originals bolstered by a handful of previously unrecorded pieces by his mentor, the late Julius Hemphill (1938-1995). Drawing on Hemphill's seminal work in the St Louis-based Black Artists' Group (BAG), and his innovative writing for the World Saxophone Quartet, Ehrlich has proven to be one of the legendary saxophonist's most ardent devotees, leading Hemphill's self-titled saxophone sextet after his passing.

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Ray Anderson - Marty Ehrlich Quartet: Hear You Say

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Trombonist Ray Anderson and reed player Marty Ehrlich first played together in 1978 as part of Anthony Braxton's band. Thirty-one years later, with extensive individual discographies, the pair finally formed a band of their own and recorded a concert at the 2009 Jazz Festival Willisau, in Switzerland. Hear You Say is this recording--a highly energetic, exciting, adventurous live performance. The two leaders share writing credit--four tunes by Ehrlich and three from Anderson. Both men are inspired writers ...

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Marty Ehrlich: Things Have Got To Change

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The clarity that's so immediately apparent in Marty Ehrlich's alto sound permeates his work, so that there's a quality at once naked and luminous in the music heard here. The quartet with trumpeter James Zollar, cellist Erik Friedlander and drummer Pheeroan akLaff and the concept harkens back to the early Ornette Coleman Quartet, each member committed to an intense lyricism, an insistence on the emotional power of blues and hymn. There are moments in the opening “Rites Rhythm" that even ...

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Marty Ehrlich Rites Quartet: Things Have Got To Change

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One of the seminal artists of the New York Loft jazz scene, composer and multi-instrumentalist Julius Hemphill (1938-1995) left a diverse legacy that lives on through the tireless efforts of saxophonist Tim Berne and multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich. Hemphill's earthy forays with cellist Abdul Wadud in the early seventies broke new stylistic ground, unapologetically drawing inspiration from funk, soul and R&B. His inventive writing for unconventional instrumental combinations was further realized as a founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet and ...

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Marty Ehrlich / Myra Melford: Spark!

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Multi-reedist Marty Ehrlich and pianist Myra Melford share more than a virtuosic touch and rugged lyricism. Their work embodies a single-minded approach to duo playing that lends an air of cohesion to the most abstract improvisation, allowing their ideas to blend to the point where Ehrlich's tone becomes a growling, vibrato-laden extension of Melford's sensitive voicings and provocative counterpoints or a serene answer to one of the pianist's jarring exclamations. Spark! opens and closes with “Hymn, a ...

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Marty Ehrlich Trio in Tel Aviv

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Marty Ehrlich Trio New Opera House Tel Aviv, Israel Friday, January, 19, 2007

The first performance in Israel of New York-based composer and reed player Marty Ehrlich offered a concise overview of the career of the gifted player. Ehrlich presented his new trio--Shanir Ezra Blumenkrantz on bass and oud along with drummer Mark Fereber--and hosted Israeli saxophonist Albert Beger in the second half of the concert.

Ehrlich opened the concert with two ...

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Marty Ehrlich: News On The Rail

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Multi-reedist Marty Ehrlich can always be counted on to make thoughtful, provocative music on the modern-creative end of the jazz spectrum. His last album (The Long View, 2003) featured an extended large-group composition inspired by the work of painter Oliver Jackson. News On The Rail is a somewhat less abstract effort comprising eight new tunes written for what he calls a “large small ensemble--actually a sextet.An avant gardist with an appreciation for melody, Ehrlich has long been associated ...