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Nathan Eklund: Trip to the Casbah

Read "Trip to the Casbah" reviewed by David Adler

Trumpeter Nathan Eklund's first two CDs as a leader, The View from Afar and The Crooked Line, both featured pianist Joe Elefante as the harmonic anchor. Eklund's newest, Trip to the Casbah, finds guitarist John Hart playing that role, giving the music a bit more of an economical, riff-oriented flavor. The all-original program also includes Donny ...

Nathan Eklund: Trip To The Casbah

Read "Trip To The Casbah" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Nathan Eklund is based in New York City, where he leads two bands: the Nathan Eklund Group and the Nathan Eklund Quintet. This gives him the leeway to cast his music in different streams and to interpret it in the manner that suits his compositions. Eklund has also been part of projects by Craig Yaremko, Eddie ...

Nathan Eklund: Trip to the Casbah

Read "Trip to the Casbah" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

With Trip to the Casbah, his third release as a leader, Nathan Eklund is firmly establishing himself as one of today's prominent trumpet and flugelhorn players.

A fixture on the New York jazz scene, Eklund has earned credentials as both a student and an instructor, with associations including Joe Lovano, Craig Yaremko's Sync, ...

Richie Cole: The Man With the Horn

Read "The Man With the Horn" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Richie Cole mislaid the tapes to this 1981 session long ago, finally running across them in his basement while looking for something else a quarter-century later. His working band at the time included Philippine pianist Bobby Enriquez (whom the alto saxophonist gave the nickname “The Wildman" for his frenetic playing upon hearing him for the first ...

Craig Yaremko: Sync

Read "Sync" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Saxophonist Craig Yaremko's Sync, immediately brings to mind his other major appearance recently, as the multi-reed player on trumpeter/flugelhornist Nathan Eklund's A Crooked Line (Jazz Excursion, 2007).

While A Crooked Line was a structured attempt to revisit the early 1960s Blue Note period, Sync has some other ideas. The group here is a quartet ...

Nathan Eklund Group: The Crooked Line

Read "The Crooked Line" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Trumpeterr/flugelhornist Nathan Eklund's The Crooked Line offers a pretty good measure of his quintet's capabilities. Anyone hearing much of this album, without any prior identification, would likely tab this to be straight out of the hallowed Blue Note era of the early-to-mid 1960s.



The title track is an attractive post-bop vehicle; the ...

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Craig Yaremko: Sync

Read "Sync" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Chemistry. The term can refer to a number of things. In music, it represents that just-right, often perfect, blend of sounds when musicians complement one another well. Chemistry is what you get on saxophonist Craig Yaremko's Sync.

Yaremko is a fixture on the New York jazz scene. His experience has included live performances of classical, ...

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Nathan Eklund Group: The Crooked Line

Read "The Crooked Line" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Nathan Eklund may only have been recording as a bandleader for a few years, but he already belongs in the class of such artists as Randy Brecker, Rick Braun and, perhaps, the greats he counts among his inspirations. Born near Seattle, Washington, Eklund began playing trumpet at age eleven, and later added the flugelhorn.

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Abigail Riccards: When The Night Is New

Read "When The Night Is New" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

One of the pleasures of hearing debut albums from aspiring jazz singers is to get an inkling of who the real talents are. In the case of Abigail Riccards, she clearly has a future.



Riccards has already accumulated several honors. She was the recipient of two awards from Down Beat Magazine for ...

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Nathan Eklund Group: The Crooked Line

Read "The Crooked Line" reviewed by Troy Collins

The Crooked Line is New York based trumpeter Nathan Eklund's vibrant sophomore effort, following his 2006 debut, The View From Afar (Jazz Excursion Records). Joined by his erstwhile quintet, Eklund and company ply a subtly adventurous program of mainstream post-bop.

Joined by saxophonist Craig Yaremko, pianist Joe Elefante, bassist Brian Killeen and drummer Josh ...