261

Nathan Eklund: Trip to the Casbah

Woodrow Wilkins By

Sign in to view read count
Nathan Eklund: Trip to the Casbah With Trip to the Casbah, his third release as a leader, Nathan Eklund is firmly establishing himself as one of today's prominent trumpet and flugelhorn players.

A fixture on the New York jazz scene, Eklund has earned credentials as both a student and an instructor, with associations including Joe Lovano, Craig Yaremko's Sync, Richie Cole, Gerald Veasley and Chuck Loeb, and a guest appearance on Spyro Gyra's Grammy-nominated Wrapped in a Dream (Heads Up, 2006). Joining him on Trip to the Casbah are tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin guitarist John Hart, bassist Bill Moring and drummer Tim Horner.

"Passing Trains" is one of several joyful rides in this set. Moring's bass line helps set the tone early, aided by Horner. Trumpet and sax lead until Hart's solo, while the guitarist's timing and accuracy are top notch. Eklund comes in, and Horner mixes it up in the background, at times sliding across the cymbals. After the trumpet solo, Eklund and Hart go back and forth in a dialogue that's answered by Horner, his responses taking the form of a series of mini solos.

"South Chelan" possesses a soft sound. Eklund and McCaslin share the melody, with the subtle tones of guitar, bass and drums adding to the romantic mood. Eklund takes a long, free-style solo that's punctuated by his supporting cast, particularly Horner. McCaslin also solos, at times sending the tenor into its lower depths, demonstrating the richness and range of the instrument while also making several high-speed passes.

The two-part title song is a lesson in contrasts. "Part 1" is a spirited duet for Eklund and Horner, with rim shots and toms in heavy use. A flare from the trumpet ends "Part 1," with the bass and drums segueing into "Part 2." The mood and melody are basically the same, but the full band is involved this time around. In contrast to "Part 1," McCaslin scores a middle solo, accompanied only by Horner. As he progresses, at times sending the tenor into high squeaks, Hart and Moring return. After a brief trumpet-sax duet, Hart solos, with "Part 2" ending with the same vigor as "Part 1."

The trumpeter/flugelhornist wrote all 10 songs on the record, but with the full ensemble engaged, everyone gets their moments in the spotlight for a total group effort. Trip to the Casbah presents Eklund in that hybrid world of old school jazz with modern sounds.

Track Listing: Toboggan Ride; Passing Trains; Hand Picked from Her Garden; South Chelan; Trip to the Casbah, Part 1; Trip to the Casbah, Part 2; Long Lake; Happiness Is...; Big Bro

Personnel: Nathan Eklund: trumpet, flugelhorn; Donny McCaslin: tenor saxophone; John Hart: guitar; Bill Moring: bass; Tim Horner: drums.

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Jazz Excursion Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Ha Noi Duo CD/LP/Track Review Ha Noi Duo
by Ian Patterson
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Like, Strange CD/LP/Track Review Like, Strange
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Coalesce CD/LP/Track Review Coalesce
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Il sistema periodico CD/LP/Track Review Il sistema periodico
by Nicola Negri
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Code Noir CD/LP/Track Review Code Noir
by James Nadal
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Welcome to Swingsville! CD/LP/Track Review Welcome to Swingsville!
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 26, 2017
Read "Young" CD/LP/Track Review Young
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 25, 2016
Read "America's National Parks" CD/LP/Track Review America's National Parks
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 27, 2016
Read "Expanding Heart" CD/LP/Track Review Expanding Heart
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 21, 2016
Read "So Beautiful, It Starts To Rain" CD/LP/Track Review So Beautiful, It Starts To Rain
by John Sharpe
Published: December 11, 2016
Read "Some Other Time" CD/LP/Track Review Some Other Time
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 21, 2016
Read "Beginning of A Memory" CD/LP/Track Review Beginning of A Memory
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 15, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT IT  

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!