Posts Tagged ‘Harris Eisenstadt’

New York @ Night: January 2013

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Happy New Year again! From the January 2013 issue of The New York City Jazz Record:

As a student of Lennie Tristano and a noted colleague of Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh, tenor saxophonist Ted Brown provides a living link to the Tristano school — an intriguing area in jazz history, somewhere in the interstices between bop and “cool.” Brown turned 85 the day before his gig at the Drawing Room (Dec. 2), so he arrived ready to celebrate in his calm and imperturbable way. His co-leader for the first set was Brad Linde, a young DC-based tenorist and Brown disciple, who played with distinction on Brown’s “Smog Eyes” and Tristano’s “317 East 32nd Street,” not to mention the standards “Broadway” and “My Melancholy Baby.” Pianist Michael Kanan, who runs the Drawing Room as a rehearsal space and concert venue, joined the band and juiced up the harmony, adding his own inventive spark. After a break, attention turned to Brown with cornetist Kirk Knuffke, bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Matt Wilson. Harmony was king in this quartet, even with no piano: Knuffke and Brown snaked their way through the changes of “Featherbed” (based on “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To”) and applied the Tristano logic in minor keys (“Jazz of Two Cities”) and waltz time (“Dig-It”), all from their new SteepleChase disc Pound Cake. Knuffke had a way of dancing into his melodies, as if striving to embody each phrase physically. Brown played his trickiest heads without a flaw, and his solos, while not as agile as way back in the day, were stamped with pure individuality. (David R. Adler)


Though it entailed gathering musicians from various parts of the globe, Canadian clarinet master François Houle did the right thing by playing ShapeShifter Lab (Dec. 2) with the exact lineup from his brilliant Songlines release Genera. The frontline of Houle, trombonist Samuel Blaser and cornetist/flugelhornist Taylor Ho Bynum allowed for endless color mutations and finely rendered written parts. Benoît Delbecq kept a fairly low profile on piano and prepared piano, but he endowed the music with a wealth of harmonic and percussive twists. Bassist Michael Bates and drummer Harris Eisenstadt pointed the way from the airiest rubato abstraction to driving, meticulously placed rhythms. The set began slow, with the dark lyricism of “Le concombre de Chicoutimi,” but Houle was thinking in terms of a long medley: Bates soon segued to the uptempo line of “Essay No. 7,” then joined Eisenstadt for a bass/drums interlude that brought the band into the emphatic, slow-grooving “Guanara.” Houle was blowing two clarinets at once by the time the medley was finished. On the swing-based “Albatros” he played through half a clarinet, connecting his mouthpiece directly to the lower joint. That is the essence of Houle’s approach: wildly unstable, expressionistic elements vie with straightforward and undeniable virtuosity. The dueling plunger shouts of Bynum and Blaser on “Mu-Turn Revisited” offered another vivid example. (DA)

Six Picks: August 2012

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

My monthly list of recommended CDs, as published in The New York City Jazz Record, August 2012:

Harris Eisenstadt, Canada Day III (Songlines)

Russ Lossing, Drum Music: Music of Paul Motian (Sunnyside)

Giacomo Merega/Noah Kaplan/Marco Cappelli, Watch the Walls Instead (Underwolf)

Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things, Clean on the Corner (482 Music)

Luciana Souza, Duos III (Sunnyside)

Ryan Truesdell, Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare)

Six Picks: October 2011

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

My monthly list of recommended CDs, as published in The New York City Jazz Record, October 2011:

Uri Caine Trio, Siren (Winter & Winter)

Harris Eisenstadt, September Trio (Clean Feed)

Greenleaf Portable Series, Vol. 2: Orange Afternoons (Greenleaf)

Clay Jenkins Quartet, Good Signs (Jazz Compass)

Francisco Mela & Cuban Safari, Tree of Life (Half Note)

Tyshawn Sorey, Oblique – I (Pi)

Six Picks: September 2010

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

My monthly list of recommended CDs, as published in All About Jazz-New York, September 2010:

Harris Eisenstadt, Woodblock Prints (NoBusiness)

Owen Howard, Drum Lore (BJU)

Vijay Iyer, Solo (ACT)

Kneebody, You Can Have Your Moment (Winter & Winter)

Louis Sclavis/Craig Taborn/Tom Rainey, Eldorado Trio (Clean Feed)

Suresh Singaratnam, Lost in New York (ind.)