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Roberta Piket: West Coast Trio

Read "West Coast Trio" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This album brings together New York-based pianist Roberta Piket with two outstanding musicians from the Los Angeles area: bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz and drummer Joe La Barbera. Hence the title “Roberta Piket: West Coast Trio." To spice things up, Piket brought along her long-time cohort Billy Mintz on percussion on one track, and special guest guitarist Larry ...

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Pianist Roberta Piket Revisits Jazz Trio Format With The April 6 Release Of "West Coast Trio," Featuring Joe La Barbera & Darek Oleszkiewicz

Pianist Roberta Piket Revisits Jazz Trio Format With The April 6 Release Of "West Coast Trio," Featuring Joe La Barbera & Darek Oleszkiewicz

Roberta Piket, one of the most virtuosic and versatile pianists on the current international jazz scene, revisits the iconic jazz piano trio format with the April 6 release of West Coast Trio on her label Thirteenth Note Records. Joining Piket is the consummate rhythm section of drummer Joe La Barbera and bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz—part of the ...

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Yelena Eckemoff: In The Shadow Of A Cloud

Read "In The Shadow Of A Cloud" reviewed by John Kelman

She may rarely perform live in this context, but Yelena Eckemoff has managed to build, over just seven years and a mammoth eleven releases--including her second release of 2017, In the Shadow of a Cloud--a loyal and growing following in the jazz world. It's all the more remarkable for a multi-talented expat Russian pianist who began ...

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Yelena Eckemoff: Growing Into Jazz

Read "Yelena Eckemoff: Growing Into Jazz" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff goes her own way. Since the 2010 release of Cold Sun on her own L&H Production label, she has produced a series of jazz recordings, all presenting original music, with an impressive array of renowned contemporary musicians. Our conversation mainly dealt with her recording career: making connections with other musicians, composing, and working ...

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Yelena Eckemoff: Flying Steps

Read "Flying Steps" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A good rule of thumb when exploring new or unfamiliar jazz terrain is to look for either bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz or drummer Peter Erskine among the personnel. Finding both together leads to the very satisfying net results of Yelena Eckemoff 's Flying Steps, reuniting the Russian-born pianist with Erskine for their third collaboration.

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Take Five With Yelena Eckemoff

Read "Take Five With Yelena Eckemoff" reviewed by Yelena Eckemoff

Meet Yelena Eckemoff:
Yelena Eckemoff was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. Her parents noticed that she had great musical potential when she started to play piano by ear at the age of four. Yelena's mother, Olga, a professional pianist, became her first piano teacher. At the age of seven Yelena was accepted into ...

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Darek Oleszkiewicz: Like A Dream

Read "Like A Dream" reviewed by Jim Santella

A lyrical bassist with virtuosic technique, Darek Oles shares his love of straight-ahead jazz with many fellow musicians. Both in the U.S. and in his native Poland, he continues to nurture our love for a melody through his work with various ensembles. With his debut as leader, Oles also introduces the public to his musical compositions: ...

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Darek Oleszkiewicz: Like a Dream

Read "Like a Dream" reviewed by John Kelman

Bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz, who prefers to go by the abbreviated moniker Oles, has gradually been establishing a name for himself on the West Coast scene over the past decade, playing on notable recordings by artists including Dianne Reeves, Jackie Ryan and Charles Lloyd. Now, with his Cryptogramophone d'but as a leader, Like a Dream , he ...