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Ellery Eskelin, Andrea Parkins & Jim Black: One Great Day... on Hatology

Published: 2011-06-18
Ellery Eskelin In some ways I think that a recording is the best medium for this music. I can think of a lot of music that speaks better on a recording than it does in a club where the environment and the audience's expectations exert an effect on the music. With this recording we've found a mix between the two. Writing music for this band has been a real break through for me. Andrea and Jim have ears for anything I put in front of them. It's a great feeling to have a band that can realize your ideas and offer its own surprises along the way. —Ellery Eskelin

I'm gratified that the rerelease of One Great Day... coincides with its inclusion in the Penguin Jazz Guide's “The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums." Of course there are countless recordings deserving of attention and reissue. This group managed to tie together the fractured reality of my musical universe at the time. The acknowledgement is appreciated. —Ellery Eskelin, March 2011

Throughout this set, Eskelin, Parkins, and Black are completely at ease with the core material... Over the years these three have grown into a unit that can bristle and wail; pick up on a melody and swing; or stretch out to whispering textures and scrubbed flutters. The magic is how they string this all together as a seamless whole with careful listening and poised reflexes. That's been one of the ongoing joys of listening to this trio. It's all about hearing how they have worked together to forge an ensemble sound and then checking in during each ensuing tour or release to find out how they've built on that foundation. That dynamism is in full force here. We're fortunate that the tapes were rolling this “one great evening..." —Michael Rosenstein

ARTISTS Ellery Eskelin (tenor saxophone); Andrea Parkins (accordion, electric piano, organ, laptop sampler, grand piano); Jim Black (drums, percussion)


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