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Nathan Eklund Group: Coin Flip

Read "Coin Flip" reviewed by John Barron


NewYork-based trumpeter/composer Nathan Eklund assembles a fiery, swinging quintet for Coin Flip, his fourth release as a leader and first for Seattle's OA2 Records. The nine track disc is as much a showcase for Eklund's convincing abilities as a composer and arranger as it is for his dynamic trumpet playing. Eklund demonstrates an immense ...

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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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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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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 ...

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Nathan Eklund Group: The Crooked Line

Read "The Crooked Line" reviewed by Edward Zucker


The Crooked Line, Nathan Eklund's sophomore release, reveals a musician on an upward trajectory. Eklund arranged the ten tunes on the CD and composed all of them except Bjork's “Isobel, “All The Things You Are and Lee Morgan's “Totem Pole. The original compositions are the most striking and display a subtle complexity as they traverse the ...


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