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Eli Wallace: Barriers

Read "Barriers" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Eli Wallace is best known as the keyboard half of the piano/drum improvising duo Dialectical Imagination with Rob Pumpelly. Listeners familiar with Wallace's work in that setting and with the trio Cataclysmic Commentary, with tenor saxophonist Ben Cohen and Dave Miller on drums, know that Wallace is not averse to swimming against the current. The California native, now residing in Brooklyn, works across genres of improvisation, modern jazz, rock and classical music. He holds Bachelor's and Master's of Music, from ...

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Dialectical Imagination: Two Infinitudes; The One You "see" and the One That Is You.

Read "Two Infinitudes; The One You "see" and the One That Is You." reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Improvising artists, Eli Wallace (piano) and Rob Pumpelly (drums) recorded this outing for legendary UK-based jazz/avant-garde/free-improv record label, Leo Records. But they've been involved with free-jazz and other jazz activities for San Francisco Bay Area's, Edgetone Records amid various projects and encounters. Indeed, the band moniker, Dialectical Imagination, is significant from an opposing forces standpoint. Yet for the most part the musicians are a team via these four galvanizing semi free-form jaunts. Besides the torrential currents, Wallace shrewdly ...

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Dialectical Imagination: The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Wrath

Read "The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Wrath" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On their debut album The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture (Atma Nadi Records, 2017) pianist/composer Eli Wallace and drummer Rob Pumpelly--the duo Dialectical Imagination--described their music as an amalgam of free improvisation and chamber music. Their vision for The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Wrath is decidedly more abstract though that is an overly simplified depiction of a complex set of extended pieces.A California native, transplanted in New York, Wallace has a broad ...


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