120

Ehran Elisha Ensemble: The Lowdown

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Drummer Ehran Elisha is the agitator on this recent release titled, The Lowdown. Essentially, the “Ehran Elisha Ensemble” covers a wide spectrum of what one might expect from a crew of New York City based improvisers as the drummer/leader steers the band onward via his bustling and unwavering approach to meter. Yet one of the distinct highlights of this energetic set is how the musicians generate memorable themes and motifs that often serve as the foundations for striking improv and exciting escapades.

The main thrust of this recording is the multi-part opus titled, “The Lowedown: A Kinetic Music Suite” as the musicians take us on a whirlwind tour of expanded themes and lofty conversations. On this piece, the band is apt to calm the proceedings down a bit via quiet interludes such as bassist Drew Gress’ sublime yet stimulating solo while drummer Ehran Elisha exhibits imperious skills with his shifty utilization of brushes and sweeping rhythmic underpinnings. Trumpeter Roy Campbell, Jr. rides the upper registers amid blaring choruses by violinist Sam Bardfeld and tenor saxophonist David Bindman amid Bill Lowe’s rock solid trombone and tuba work. Throughout, the intensity level rises and subsides as the band pursues a potpourri of disparate motifs that span free-bop to raucous and somewhat mutated New Orleans style swing.

Overall, the musicians demonstrate their wares in commendable fashion as the lead soloists display boundless invention whether performing with a sense of urgency or during periods of quietude and playfulness. Ultimately, The Lowdown signifies a strong outing brimming with ingenuity and class!

* * * * (out of * * * * *)

Personell: Ehran Elisha; Drums: Bill Lowe; Bass Trombone & Tuba: Roy Campbell, Jr.; Trumpet, Flugelhorn & Pocket Trumpet.

Track listing: 1) What Do We Know? 2) The Lowedown: A Kinetic Music Suite; a) Ibidi b) Thank You For Coming To Lowes... c) Summer Soul d) Loose Juice 3) Placemat Histories

CIMP web: www.cadencebuilding.com

| Record Label: CIMP Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Live at PafA CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Ocean of Storms CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "Up and Coming" CD/LP/Track Review Up and Coming
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: January 29, 2017
Read "Red Rocks 7/8/78" CD/LP/Track Review Red Rocks 7/8/78
by Doug Collette
Published: June 12, 2016
Read "The Picasso Zone" CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Dave Wayne
Published: January 24, 2017
Read "OWT" CD/LP/Track Review OWT
by John Sharpe
Published: September 18, 2016
Read "The Expanding Universe" CD/LP/Track Review The Expanding Universe
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 8, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!