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Eli Wallace/Beth McDonald: Solo/Duo

Read "Solo/Duo" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Pianist & free improviser Eli Wallace and tuba player Beth McDonald team up for Solo/Duo, an ineffable project which eludes characterization. Wallace works across multiple genres, with an experimental spirit. He moved east from Oakland, CA in 2015, earning Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Now a Brooklyn resident, he has ...

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Eli Wallace and Ben Cohen: Evaporation

Read "Evaporation" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In a series of imaginative projects, pianist Eli Wallace and saxophonist Ben Cohen have shown themselves to have a remarkable range of creative impulses. Wallace has thrived in a powerful duo with percussionist Rob Pumpelly called Dialectical Imagination; the two create furious intensity with a substratum of romanticism, as on The Angel and the Brute Sing ...

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Eli Wallace: Barriers

Read "Barriers" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Eli Wallace is best known as the keyboard half of the piano/drum improvising duo Dialectical Imagination with Rob Pumpelly. Listeners familiar with Wallace's work in that setting and with the trio Cataclysmic Commentary, with tenor saxophonist Ben Cohen and Dave Miller on drums, know that Wallace is not averse to swimming against the current. The California ...

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Cataclysmic Commentary: Audience Participation

Read "Audience Participation" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Tenor saxophonist Ben Cohen and pianist Eli Wallace represent the current generation of adventurous improvising artists, although their prior releases to date have taken very different approaches to their craft. Over the last couple years Wallace has released records with percussionist Rob Pumpelly under the name of Dialectical Imagination--The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of ...

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Dialectical Imagination: The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture

Read "The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Dialectical Imagination is a duo comprised of pianist Eli Wallace and percussionist Rob Pumpelly, both of whom are dedicated to finding an approach to free improvisation that draws from their other interests in chamber music and composition. The six tracks included on this intriguingly-titled release do offer some provocative possibilities in that direction, providing idiosyncratic and ...


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