262

Nathan Eklund Group: The Crooked Line

Edward Zucker By

Sign in to view read count
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 terrain of hard bop and beyond. It is too early in Eklund's career to make comparisons to others, but he is a composer to watch in the future.

On trumpet and flugelhorn, Eklund displays power and control. He can cook, as evidenced by his swirling trumpet solo on the two-part composition "Scatterbrain, or deliver a warm tone on flugelhorn, as displayed on the ballad "More Ways Than One.

Eklund has assembled an impressive band for the outing. Saxophonist Craig Yaremko, playing both tenor and alto, navigates the compositions in a masterly fashion, forging a solid rapport with Eklund. The solos they trade on "Kydee" and the aforementioned "Scatterbrain and "More Ways Than One are some of the high points on the release.

The closing title track, "A Crooked Line, allows the members of the rhythm section room to get down and show their chops. Drummer Josh Dion proves his mettle as he trades off with all band members except bassist Brian Killeen. The outing is an impressive foray in modern mainstream jazz, and the musicianship is dazzling, without turning into a display of excess.

Track Listing: The Mayor; Emancipated Thinking; Isobel; Scatterbrained Prelude; Scatterbrained; More Ways Than One; All the Things You Are; Kydee; Totem Pole; The Crooked Line.

Personnel: Nathan Eklund: trumpet, flugelhorn; Craig Yaremko: saxophones; Joe Elefante: piano; Brain Killeen: bass; Josh Dion: drums.

Title: The Crooked Line | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Jazz Excursion Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read For the Love of You CD/LP/Track Review For the Love of You
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Recent Developments CD/LP/Track Review Recent Developments
by John Sharpe
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Triple Double CD/LP/Track Review Triple Double
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Agrima CD/LP/Track Review Agrima
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 21, 2017
Read The Study of Touch CD/LP/Track Review The Study of Touch
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 20, 2017
Read Another North CD/LP/Track Review Another North
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 19, 2017
Read "Akua's Dance" CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Promethean" CD/LP/Track Review Promethean
by David A. Orthmann
Published: July 3, 2017
Read "The Beast" CD/LP/Track Review The Beast
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 20, 2016
Read "History Of The Lisbon Chaplaincy" CD/LP/Track Review History Of The Lisbon Chaplaincy
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 13, 2017
Read "Before The Silence" CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Which Craft?" CD/LP/Track Review Which Craft?
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 30, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.