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

Thurston Hunger   10/1/2005   CD, Jazz

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?

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