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Eric Harland's Voyager at The Highline Ballroom

Read "Eric Harland's Voyager at The Highline Ballroom" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Eric Harland's Voyager Highline Ballroom Vipassana CD Release New York, NY September 2, 2014 The CD release show for Vipassana (GSI Records, 2014)--the sophomore album from drummer Eric Harland's Voyager--didn't play out like a typical club set or concert; it was more like a spiritual journey through songs, segues, and seas of rhythm. Harland and his expandable/contractible outfit delivered a ceaseless flow of music for an hour and forty-five minutes. Mantras were intoned, voice ...

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Eric Harland's Voyager: Vipassana

Read "Eric Harland's Voyager: Vipassana" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Much is said about records once they've come into the world, but little is discussed about the motive(s) surrounding the birthing of a record. Sometimes it's simply about marketing, exposure, money, and pure narcissism. There's nothing necessarily wrong with that on some level(s), and many classic albums have been made with little to nothing else in mind, but it's harder to appreciate the artistry and the artist when records made for such reasons appear on the horizon. It's far more ...

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Eric Harland's Voyager: Going Places

Read "Eric Harland's Voyager: Going Places" reviewed by Zach Hindin

Where most debut acts aim to make a statement, Eric Harland's first lead project, Voyager, is decidedly conversational. Harland, arguably the consummate jazz drummer of his generation, has staffed his quintet with a potent if precocious musical brain trust. The year after pianist Taylor Eigsti first played with pianist Dave Brubeck (he was 12 at the time), guitarist Julian Lage became the subject of the 1997 Academy Award-nominated documentary Jules at Eight (Lage began performing publicly when he was six). ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Harland: Voyager Live by Night

Read "Voyager Live by Night" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The long wait for Eric Harland's debut release is understandable. One of modern jazz's most dynamic and in-demand drummers, he's been a little preoccupied: early stints with Terence Blanchard and Wynton Marsalis; high profile gigs with Kurt Rosenwinkel, McCoy Tyner, and The Monterey Quartet; and tenures with the SFJAZZ Collective and Charles Lloyd's ensembles, are just a few of his many endeavors. Possessing consummate skills defined by superlative timing, propulsion, finesse and flexibility, it's no wonder it's taken him so ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Harland: Voyager Live By Night

Read "Voyager Live By Night" reviewed by John Kelman

In the space of a few short years, he's become drummer of choice for icons like saxophonist Charles Lloyd and bassist Dave Holland, established next-generationers including trumpeter Terence Blanchard and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, and young up-and-comers such as pianists Taylor Eigsti and Aaron Parks. Behind all of them--and as a member of the SFJAZZ Collective since 2005--Eric Harland has proven capable of everything from incendiary firepower to subtle shadings. Some artists don't wait long enough before donning the ...

INTERVIEWS

Eric Harland: Searching the Patterns in Life

Read "Eric Harland: Searching the Patterns in Life" reviewed by John Patten

Drummer Eric Harland is between gigs, just back from a dates and clinics in Japan and getting ready to head to Europe. He's got new recordings out with several bands-- including the Charles Lloyd Quartet, The Monterey Quartet with Dave Holland and Jason Moran--and a handful of compositions to get recorded with his own group.But then, in a way, this was foretold by an eight year-old Harland to his mother. --->“She said I told ...


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