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Catalog ID: 588
Squidco Product Code: 1929
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded 31st May 2002 at The Studio, New York City.
Ellery Eskelin-tenor saxophone
Andrea Parkins-accordion, piano, sampler
Jim Black-drums, percussion
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1. It's A Samba 13:36
2. 43 RPM 6:19
3. Five Walls 12:43
4. For No Good Reason 9:45
5. Half A Chance 10:50
6. Arcanum Moderne 14:19
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"So I don't know if all this explanation and commentary will help or hinder. If it's a hindrance hopefully you've passed it over and are already listening to the music. I realize that what we do may not have universal appeal, at least on the surface, but I think we do have a job to do and I'm always hopeful that while we may not have universal appeal we might have an impact on those who do listen."-Ellery Eskelin, from the liner notes
This release furthers the saga of one the more interesting units in modern jazz. Pushing nine years and countless tours, the trio's mark of identity is firmly rooted within improvisation. However, tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin 's relatively complex compositions provide a forum for individual ingenuity, witnessed countless times during the band's lengthy tenure. On this effort, recorded in a New York City studio, the threesome explores grooves such as samba, on the aptly titled 'It's A Samba', where the band reformulates tradition into a distinctive group sound. Eskelin 's robust mode of attack serves as a vortex of sorts for Andrea Parkins' accordion/piano/sampler activities, and drummer Jim Black 's personalized rhythmic exercises. Hence, the listener should come to expect the unexpected. It's partly about Eskelin's blustery lines intermixed with Parkins ' swirling accordion maneuvers and Black 's odd-metered backbeats. At times, the trio moves forward with the semblances of a rumbling freight train, via driving pulses and moments of compositional deconstruction. Nevertheless, the musicians seem equally comfortable when either engaging in a bit of controlled mayhem or executing trance-like choruses and soul-searching lyricism. This is yet another superb effort by one of the best groups in the business."-Glenn Astarita, All Music Guide
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
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