Album Review

Eskelin, Ellery+Parkins+Black – “Five Other Pieces ( + 2 ) ” – [Hat Hut]

Thurston Hunger   9/4/2005   CD, Jazz

One of the best trios going returns w/ a powerhouse
release. From the first ominous merry-go-round
moments of the McLaughlin cover through 4 other
covers to the bonus 2 Eskelin penned tracks, this
has effortless grace. “April” swings w/ 2.5 mins
of succulent sax solo (w/ just the right amount
of reverb) before Andrea Parkins hijacks the
piece and then Jim Black ignites it. Black keeps
the fuse sparking right through “India” where
Parkins goes guru on the sampler. “Song for Che”
always marvels, such an optimistic tune. Next
Gershwin takes on a cool Rumblefish shadow. As
good as all that, the two concluding originals
are even better. Sweeping showcases w/ discord,
dynamics + depth. Eskelin excellence.

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