Three extended pieces for a free playing chamber ensemble including trombonist Bruce Fowler, flautist Ellen Burr, tuba player Mark Weaver, David Philipson on bansuri flute, &c.
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Recorded at Apperson St. Studios in Tujunga, CA on June 1st, 2002 by Brad Dutz.
Brad Dutz-marimba, vibraphone, crotales
Harris Eisenstadt-drumset, percussion
David Philipson-bansuri flute
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People Are Gonna Do What They're Gonna Do 13:57
Trouble Here, Fly There 17:45
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
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"There are many surprises to be found on Harris Eisenstadt's Fight or Flight. The first one consists of how discreet a role the drummer plays in his compositions. The second is found in Brad Dutz's elegant marimba playing -- despite a strong solo album in the late '90s (Heat the Grill Cook Loin, on Headless), this West Coast percussionist has remained cruelly underexposed and it's a pleasure to find him here. The third surprise is to find once Frank Zappa trombonist Bruce Fowler in the band.
The album presents three pieces between 11 and 18 minutes in duration, all recorded on a single day of studio work. Eisenstadt's ensemble writing shares similarities with Vinny Golia's; he moves between styles elegantly and forcelessly, alternately hinting at chamber music, free improvisation, and groove-based jazz, all directions embedded within a coherent vision. The heptet features Ellen Burr on flute and David Philipson on bansuri flute, Fowler on trombone, Mark Weaver on tuba, Bill Casale on contrabass, and Dutz and Eisenstadt taking care of the percussives.
The unusual instrumentation is put to good use, avoiding the culprit of "avant-garde march band" it could have led to. After a free-form opening, "Rise" gives way to an impressive performance from Dutz, lacing variations on an already defiant theme. "People Are Gonna Do What They're Gonna Do" showcases the two flutists, while "Trouble Here, Fly There" focuses on the bottom end, laying down a groove interrupted by bass and tuba solos. The whole thing has a clear West Coast new jazz feel: slick, cerebral, engaging, yet careful."-François Couture, All Music
• Show Bio for Harris Eisenstadt
"One of only a handful of drummers equally well known for his work as a composer, Brooklyn-based Harris Eisenstadt (b. Toronto, 1975) is among the most individual and prolific musicians of his generation. His resume includes studies with some of the most respected names in jazz and improvised music, West African and Afro-Cuban drumming, and performance credits in jazz, film, theater, poetry, dance, contemporary concert music and opera.
Eisenstadt has performed all over the globe, received grants from organizations such as Meet The Composer, American Composers Forum, Canada Council for the Arts, and appeared on more than 60 recordings since 2000, including twenty as a leader. Recordings of his compositions often appear on the Songlines, Clean Feed, No Business, and 482 Music labels, and are consistently included on critics' best-of lists. Recent honors: Rising Star Percussion Percussion, Arranger, and Composer categories of the Downbeat international critics poll; Best Album, Drummer, Composer categories of the El Intruso international critics poll.
His first work for orchestra, Palimpsest, was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra, as part of the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute at Miller Theater, Columbia University (2011). Eisenstadt's second orchestral work, Four Songs, commissioned by the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra, was premiered at the Brooklyn Museum (2013). His first string quartet, Whatever Will Happen, That Will Also Be, was premiered as part of Eisenstadt's twelve-set residency at The Stone in NYC (2015). As a writer and radio producer, he has contributed to National Public Radio and AfroPop Worldwide. Eisenstadt is also an active AfroCuban batá drummer in New York and a longtime researcher in African and diaspora vernacular traditions. He has travelled to West Africa twice (Gambia, Senegal) to research Mandinka and Wolof music, and to Cuba twice (Matanzas, Havana) to research Afro-Cuban music."-Harris Eisenstadt Website (http://www.harriseisenstadt.com/bio/)
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