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Ellery Eskelin

For the past thirty years Ellery Eskelin has been at the forefront of the global creative improvised music scene. Based in New York City, he has traveled widely performing, recording and amassing a very personal and iconoclastic body of work. And yet Ellery Eskelin has always remained deeply committed to the traditions of jazz and American music. Eskelin embodies this seeming contradiction with ease. He does not see jazz as a style or idiom but as a process. Further, a process of creative development that has great relevancy to our time. In this pursuit Eskelin consistently delivers to the listening public unadulterated, passionate music with no excuses and no apologies

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Matthew Jacobson: Rituals Of Sound And Time

Read "Matthew Jacobson: Rituals Of Sound And Time" reviewed by Ian Patterson

For someone whose livelihood and lifeblood are all about rhythms, the COVID-19 lockdown, with its very different rhythms, must be extremely frustrating. Especially when, as is the case with Matthew Jacobson, renowned drummer, composer, promotor and record label manager, there is no drum kit in his Dublin apartment. “I've been doing more work on ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Kirk Knuffke, Rick Countryman & Lakecia Benjamin

Read "Kirk Knuffke, Rick Countryman & Lakecia Benjamin" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Saxophonist Ohad Talmor's new release, Long Forms, with his Newsreel sextet has just been released by Intakt Records and it's a must-listen; strong playing by some of the best musicians around, complicated but highly interesting tunes and arrangements, and a fully realized project. Another saxophonist, Rick Countryman, plies his trade in Manila in The Philippines now ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

More 2019 Favourites

Read "More 2019 Favourites" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a continued look at 2019 favourites in this edition (the entire first segment, then random thereafter), but some new releases have filtered in as well: drummer Jeff Davis and a great band debut The Fastness, while clarinetist Aaron Novik continues a string of new albums, and one of the premier avant-garde trios--George Graewe, Ernst Reijseger ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Entity

Read "Entity" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

As she did in 2019, pianist/composer Satoko Fujii—an artist at home in many formations—opens the new decade with an orchestra recording. Entity, from Fujii's Orchestra New York, is the eleventh release from the ensemble that has remained largely intact for almost twenty-three years. It is an all-star collective that includes saxophonists Oscar Noriega, Ellery Eskelin and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Music from Gil, Vandermark, and Yamamoto

Read "New Music from Gil, Vandermark, and Yamamoto" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This show brings together an eclectic mix of releases from 2019.The featured album is from exciting Spanish guitarist Arnua Gil whose debut bridges the divide between rock and jazz with ease.There is also music from Ken Vandermark's first large ensemble recording in more than four years. The band is called Entr'acte and ...

The Pearls

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: ABC; Magnetic Rag; Le Fée Verte; The Pearls; Rue Jardiniére; Jive At Five; Il Gatto; Eccentric Rag; Black Drop.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Steve Swell, Ziv Taubenfeld & Ivo Perelman

Read "Steve Swell, Ziv Taubenfeld & Ivo Perelman" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode carries on from the previous, playing music from a some of the important independent labels that keep creative music alive. ESP-Disk has been around, survived one crash in the 80s, and is still releasing great music. Son Of Local Colour is a 50-year-later follow up to English pianist Peter Lemer's original Local Colour album ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ingrid Laubrock, Aki Takase, Alexandra Grimal and More

Read "Ingrid Laubrock, Aki Takase, Alexandra Grimal and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode acknowledges a few of the outstanding and important female jazz improvisers who are becoming more and more prominent in the 21st century. You'll hear music from the mutual admiration duo of saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and pianist Aki Takase, French saxophonist Alexandra Grimal displaying her talents on three differently focused albums, Estonian take-no-prisoners saxophonist Maria ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ellery Eskelin/Christian Weber/Michael Griener: The Pearls

Read "The Pearls" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It's Interesting that Ellery Eskelin chose time as the subject of his liner notes essay for this release, because his music has always had a feeling of timelessness about it. His discourse ranges from concrete sundials to wrist watches and atomic clocks to the abstraction of music's swing and stop-time improvisations. Without diving too deep into ...


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