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    Eskelin, Ellery – “Ramifications ” – [Hat Hut Records Ltd]

    The triumphant trio of Eskelin, Parkins and Black
    is aided & abetted here by Erik Friedlander(cello)
    and Joe Daley(tuba). It’s like a bass player split
    via musical mitosis, to get the plunk or scree
    musings of cello with the deep jolly-green-giant
    footsteps of tuba. With the low-end covered, thus
    Andrea’s accordion moves with more ethereal ease.
    While I like Eskelin’s playing, dipsy-doodle jumps
    some flutter-blowing, mellifluous…his composition
    and arrangement really captivate me. Whether the
    past three trio releases or here adding tuba (some
    funk, some rumble) and the cello (some tension,
    some melancholy…usually with accodrion) to me it
    seems like Eskelin cleverly gets more out of more
    players by leaving more space..counter-intuitive?’
    When will we be blessed with Eskelin escalating to
    a Tentet?

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 1, 2005 at 1:08 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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