Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

199

Harris Eisenstadt: The Soul and Gone

Rex  Butters By

Sign in to view read count
Harris Eisenstadt: The Soul and Gone Composer/percussionist/drummer Harris Eisenstadt made a brief trip to Chicago to mix it up with the locals, and the lively and listenable new music scene he encountered inspired him to document the action. He returned to Los Angeles long enough to grab some scores and reed roaster Jason Mears, and The Soul and Gone was born. Utilizing heavy hitters Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Jason Roebke (bass) and Jeff Parker (guitar), Eisenstadt brings a slightly jazzier compositional bent to this music. Still drawing on contemporary classical and world music elements, he creates unique and compelling soundscapes for his world-class band to roam.

"The Evidence of Absence..." opens with an energetic theme that simmers down to a quartet. Adasiewicz and Roebke spar with Eisenstadt, sparking cymbal, rim and snare. Parker oozes and implies chordal accompaniment. Mears and Bishop growl, buzz, flutter and smear to open "Three Breaths," while Parker, Adasiewicz, and Roebke play a languid unison. An extended clarinet/trombone duo thrills with its careening mutations. The other four make the most of minimalism, hatching small flurries. Parker, Roebke, and Eisenstadt set up "Portrait of Holden Caufield." A contrapuntal trio molds melodies, then Eisenstadt replaces Bishop and Mears takes flight in trio with vibes and drums. An atmospheric ballad, "Seed," approaches softly with a slow building intensity. "And a Hard Place" continues that intensity, pausing for several measures of Bishop solo magic, followed by a raw passionate reading by Mears.

The Soul and Gone continues to document the burgeoning career of Harris Eisenstadt, also providing a summit meeting between great improvisers from the West Coast and the Midwest.


Track Listing: Evidence of Absence; Three Breaths; Portrait of Holden Caufield; Posauno y Schlagwerk; Kola #2; Seed; And a Hard Place.

Personnel: Harris Eisenstadt: drums; Jason Adasiewicz: vibes; Jason Roebke: bass; Jeb Bishop: trombone; Jason Mears: alto saxophone, clarinet; Jeff Parker: guitar.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: 482 Music | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read #knowingishalfthebattle CD/LP/Track Review #knowingishalfthebattle
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 23, 2017
Read Live In Brooklyn CD/LP/Track Review Live In Brooklyn
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 23, 2017
Read King Of Xhosa CD/LP/Track Review King Of Xhosa
by James Nadal
Published: January 23, 2017
Read Blooming Tall Phlox CD/LP/Track Review Blooming Tall Phlox
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 23, 2017
Read Hear & Now CD/LP/Track Review Hear & Now
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 22, 2017
Read Known-Unknown CD/LP/Track Review Known-Unknown
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: January 22, 2017
Read "Man Made Object" CD/LP/Track Review Man Made Object
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 10, 2016
Read "Everybody's Somebody's Nobody" CD/LP/Track Review Everybody's Somebody's Nobody
by John Sharpe
Published: May 27, 2016
Read "An Untroublesome Defencelessness" CD/LP/Track Review An Untroublesome Defencelessness
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 22, 2016
Read "Ensam" CD/LP/Track Review Ensam
by Ian Patterson
Published: August 26, 2016
Read "Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles" CD/LP/Track Review Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 6, 2016
Read "Suite Três Rios" CD/LP/Track Review Suite Três Rios
by Paul Naser
Published: July 29, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Get Jazz Near You via email!

Enjoy the convenience of receiving a comprehensive listing of jazz events in your area every Thursday. It's free!