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Yelena Eckemoff

Yelena Eckemoff is an internationally renowned Russian-born pianist, composer, poet, and visual artist who organically blends classical elements with jazz improvisation in evocative and uniquely distinctive works that strike a delicate balance between through-composed frameworks and open-ended exploration and improvisation. Eckemoff is highly prolific composer and recording artist who produces the albums that are listed worldwide among the best releases of a year. Each release has its own charm and expression, involving the greatest celebrities of the world jazz scene, but always bears the personal signature of the composer/pianist

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Lonely Man and His Fish

Label: L&H Production
Released: 2023
Track listing: CD 1: Lonely Man; Pet Store; First Evening at Home; Breakfast for Two; Man and His Fish; Accident; In Hospital. CD 2: Into the Wild; Life in the Pond; Survivor; Empty House; Song for Spark; Call of Friendship; Dreaming Together.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Yelena Eckemoff And Cory Smythe: Imagination Unbound

Read "Yelena Eckemoff And Cory Smythe: Imagination Unbound" reviewed by Doug Collette


Yelena Eckemoff and Cory Smythe have configured mirror images in music that reflect global mindsets of race, gender and class in the wake of COVID lockdowns and in the midst of climate change (among other controversies). The former postulates an insular existence populated only by a single individual and a sole figure with whom he finds ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Artemis, Musique Noire, Birthday Shoutouts to Carla Bley, Connie Crothers, Shirley Horn & More

Read "New Releases From Artemis, Musique Noire, Birthday Shoutouts to Carla Bley, Connie Crothers, Shirley Horn & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Artemis, Luiz Millan, Musique Noire, Grace McNally, Mike Melito, Rickie Lee Jones, with a second single from Nicky Schrire, plus birthday shoutouts to Andrea Brachfeld, Gunhild Carling, Lincoln Briney, Carla Bley, Connie Crothers, KJ Denhert, Tania Maria and Shirley Horn, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie & More

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from the JOI (Jazz Outreach Initiative) Jazz Orchestra, Luis Russell and Grace Garland, plus birthday shoutouts to Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey, Rebecca Martin, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live and online. Purchase their music so they ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Francesca Han, Ralph Alessi, Greg Spero, Camille Bertault & More

Read "Francesca Han, Ralph Alessi, Greg Spero, Camille Bertault & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Experiments from jny: Chicago and elsewhere, technical mastery offset by sense of humor, jazz as sonic storytelling, and jazz standards' transfigurations are some of the main sources of inspiration for this episode.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Greg Spero “Ruslan" The Chicago Experiment: Revisited ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music From Yelena Eckemoff, Arturo O'Farrill, Lauren Henderson, Melissa Pipe, Cecilia Smith & More

Read "New Music From Yelena Eckemoff, Arturo O'Farrill, Lauren Henderson, Melissa Pipe, Cecilia Smith & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from pianists Yelena Eckemoff, Arturo O'Farrill, vibraphonist Cecilia Smith, vocalist Lauren Henderson, saxophonist Melissa Pipe and a special song cycle by lyricist David Hajdu featuring Theo Bleckmann, Alicia Olatuja and Dan Tepfer, plus birthday shoutouts to Roxy Coss, Wendy Kirkland, Judy Wexler, Rosa Passos, Kendra Shank and Lara Downes, among others. ...

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Article: Album Review

Yelena Eckemoff: Lonely Man and His Fish

Read "Lonely Man and His Fish" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


A Moscow-raised, classically-trained pianist, Yelena Eckemoff made the move to the United States in 1991, after being bitten by the jazz bug via a Dave Brubeck concert she attended in Moscow in 1987. In 2010, after settling with her family in rural North Carolina, she released Cold Sun (L & H Records), a trio outing featuring ...

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News: Recording

Pianist/Composer Yelena Eckemoff Presses Forward With Her Bold, Conceptual Vision Of Jazz On 'Lonely Man And His Fish,' Due April 28

Pianist/Composer Yelena Eckemoff Presses Forward With Her Bold, Conceptual Vision Of Jazz On 'Lonely Man And His Fish,' Due April 28

Pianist-composer Yelena Eckemoff's body of elaborate, ambitious jazz concept albums reaches a new virtuosic summit with Lonely Man and His Fish, to be released April 28 on her own L&H Production label. A double-CD set, the album is also a long-form parable, a story of deep affection between a human and his beloved pet. An all-star ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Yelena Eckemoff: I Am a Stranger in This World

Read "Yelena Eckemoff: I Am a Stranger in This World" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Russian-born pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff began setting verses from the Bible's Book of Psalms shortly after her conversion to Christianity, even before her emigration to the United States. But she waited until she had considerable experience working with jazz musicians before producing her jazz arrangements. They were first recorded on her album Better Than Gold and Silver ...


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