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Ellery Eskelin

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For the past forty 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 personal and iconoclastic body of work with the view that jazz and American music is an ongoing creative process with great relevancy to our time. In this pursuit Eskelin consistently delivers a passionate musical expression to the listening public. 

Ellery Eskelin (born 1959) was raised in Baltimore and began playing the tenor saxophone at age ten, inspired by his mother "Bobbie Lee" who played Hammond B3 organ professionally in the early sixties. In 1983 Eskelin moved to New York City and in 1987 began recording with the cooperative group Joint Venture which also began his exposure on the European international touring circuit. Soon after, Eskelin formed the first of many projects as a leader beginning with a trio comprised of bassist Drew Gress and drummer Phil Haynes followed by a short lived group featuring Joe Daley on tuba and Arto Tuncboyaciyan on bakdav drums and percussion. In 1992 Eskelin joined drummer Joey Baron’s group, "Baron Down" (instrumentation of drums, trombone and saxophone), an experience that proved to be an important catalyst in his own work fostering an increased interest in new and unusual instrumentation. In 1994 Eskelin formed the group most often associated with him including accordionist Andrea Parkins and drummer Jim Black. To date he has written over 50 compositions for this group, each of which has been documented on a series of CD releases on the Swiss hatHUT record label. The band has toured regularly and performed hundreds of concerts in the US, Canada and throughout Europe during the past twenty years.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Phil Haynes: Drummer, Bandleader, Composer & Educator

Read "Phil Haynes: Drummer, Bandleader, Composer & Educator" reviewed by Doug Hall


Veteran drummer/composer Phillip Haynes is featured on more than 85 releases from numerous American and European record labels. His collaborations include many of the seminal musicians of this generation: saxophonists Anthony Braxton, Ellery Eskelin and Dave Liebman; trumpeters Thomas Heberer, Herb Robertson and Paul Smoker; bassists Mark Dresser, Ken Filiano and Drew Gress; keyboard artists David ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chuck Owen, Taj Mahal, Kris Davis and Others

Read "Chuck Owen, Taj Mahal, Kris Davis and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This episode includes a lot of diverse music, including Chuck Owen with the WDR Big Band, Taj Mahal's tuba band, Kris Davis' Diatom Ribbons, and other artists such as Alex Conde, and Ellery Eskelin. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait To Get Back Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry ...

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Article: 72 Jazz Thrillers

The Most Exciting Jazz albums since 1969: 2006-2009

Read "The Most Exciting Jazz albums since 1969: 2006-2009" reviewed by Robert Middleton


If there were one word to describe these six thrilling albums, it would be “atmospheric." Each of them settles into its own unique and memorable soundscape. Stylistically, they are all very different, but if you listen closely to them, you'll quickly grasp their musical and emotional messages. They'll transport you to their rarefied worlds with their ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet: As Things Do

Read "As Things Do" reviewed by Troy Dostert


The Elusion Quartet has become one of bassist Michael Formanek's more formidable ensembles, even if it is a more recent project than his long- standing work with Tomas Fujiwara and Mary Halvorson in Thumbscrew, or the many recordings he has made with prominent saxophonists ranging from Tim Berne to Marty Ehrlich and Ellery Eskelin. Although As ...

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Article: Liner Notes

George Colligan: Ultimatum

Read "George Colligan: Ultimatum" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Unlike classical music, where so much of the performance is based on an authentic interpretation of the material, jazz has always been more about inventiveness and the musician's quest to find an original voice. Additionally, some of the most innovative artists in the genre have been known not only for their instrumental prowess, but also for ...

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Article: Album Review

Elastic Bricks: Oùat

Read "Oùat" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The Berlin-based piano trio Oùat releases their first album with the seemingly paradoxical title Elastic Bricks. If you listen closely, there is nothing incongruent nor oxymoronic about the music. The studio recording from 2021 by pianist Simon Sieger, bassist Joel Grip, and drummer Michael Griener is an all acoustic instrumental affair with a twist. The vinyl ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rudresh Mahanthappa, Emile Parisien & Felix Henkelhausen

Read "Rudresh Mahanthappa, Emile Parisien & Felix Henkelhausen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Several debut recordings on this episode for you and music from Rudresh Mahanthappa & his Hero Trio, drummer Maximilian Hering from Germany, bassist Felix Henkelhausen also from Germany, the trio In Real Time (Carol Liebowitz, Adam Lane & Andrew Drury), Argentinean bass clarinetist Emma Famin, French saxophonist Emile Parisien & the striking duo of saxophonist Dave ...

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Everything Happens To Be.

Label: BAG Production
Released: 2021
Track listing: What About; 21; Fred Hampton; Everything Happens To Be.; Cold Weather; Chorale Type; Tomas Plays the Drums; Long Last Moment; To-Ron-To; Abide With Me

Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Entity

Read "Entity" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Undicesimo album per l'Orchestra New York di Satoko Fujii, qui composta di tredici elementi, dei quali ben nove già presenti nel primo lavoro, South Wind, risalente al lontano 1997. Il disco è registrato nel maggio del 2019 ed è uscito già lo scorso anno, ma merita egualmente grande attenzione, in quanto si tratta di un lavoro ...


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