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Eisenstadt, Harris: Fight or Flight (newsonic)

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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UPC: 620675139296

Label: newsonic
Catalog ID: 32
Squidco Product Code: 14413

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2002
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Apperson St. Studios in Tujunga, CA on June 1st, 2002 by Brad Dutz.


Ellen Burr-flute

Bill Casale-contrabass

Brad Dutz-marimba, vibraphone, crotales

Harris Eisenstadt-drumset, percussion

Bruce Fowler-trombone

David Philipson-bansuri flute

Mark Weaver-tuba

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track listing:

Rise 11:17

People Are Gonna Do What They're Gonna Do 13:57

Trouble Here, Fly There 17:45
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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

Artist Biographies:

"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 (

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"A trombone and baritone horn player in high school, Mark Weaver was 26 before he realized that it was the sound of the tuba for which he was looking. Since then, he has performed, toured, and recorded in a range of music ensembles including new-music groups, poetry+music ensembles, and collaborations with film and theater productions. Born in Albuquerque NM in 1958, Mark has been responsible for producing hundreds of regional music events with local and international artists, most visibly with "THE ROOST Creative Music Series" which presented 57 shows at various Albuquerque venues between 2009-2015.

Mark's group UFO Ensemble (brass+drums quartet exploring original compositions and improvisations) was featured at the 2012 annual UNM Composer's Symposium/Outpost Creative Soundspace Festival, and also at the 2016 New Mexico Jazz Festival.

His current activity includes collaborations with regional and touring artists, solo performance, jazz and chamber music ensembles, and various NM based groups.

previous work includes collaborations with:

multi-instrumentalist/composer Jeremy Bleich (2011-2015)

multi-woodwind player/composer Anthony Braxton (2003)

trumpeter/composer Bill Clark (2007-2011)

trumpeter/composer Dan Clucas (2001-2018)

multi-instrumentalist/composer J.A. Deane (1997-1998)

percussionist/composer Harris Eisenstadt (2000-2007)

violinist/composer Malcolm Goldstein (2003)

trombonist/composer Mark McGrain (2012)

cornetist/composer/conductor Butch Morris (1998)

percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani (2005-2018)

trombonist/composer Roswell Rudd (2000)

dbl-bassist Damon Smith (2001-2015)

woodwinds player Biggi Vinkeloe (2001-2015)

percussionist Alan Zimmerman (2018)"

-Mark Weaver Website (

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