2015 recordings of tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin's trio with Gary Versace on organ and Gerry Hemingway on drums, an ebullient set live at the Jazz Festival in Willisau, Switzerland, sequencing Count Basie, Victor Young, Ernie Burnett, and Thelonious Monk tunes.
Eskelin, Ellery Trio (w/ Gary Versace / Gerry Hemingway)
Released in: Switzerland
"We see many familiar faces each time we perform in Willisau and it's always wonderful to reconnect with our friends over the years. It's that warm feeling combined with a heightened awareness of the special nature of this annual event that makes this place, these people and these performances so memorable.
This concert was recorded for SRF 2 Kultur and the combination of good vibes (on the part of the audience) and technical acumen (on the part of the recording engineers) resulted in a document that I feel is worth sharing. Please note that any distortion you may hear in the sound of the Hammond organ was original to the instrument and not introduced in the recording process. These vintage instruments each have their own particular character and Gary Versace truly brought this B3 to life in all it's glorious grit and soul.
Gary's nearly telepathic musical mind along with Gerry Hemingway's absolutely unique approach to the drums infused the music this evening with a very special and rare chemistry. It was a great pleasure for me and I hope you enjoy listening."-Ellery Eskelin, November 2015
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"Gerry Hemingway has led a number of quartet and quintets since the mid 1980's. In addition he has been a member of a wide array of long standing collaborative groups including Brew with Reggie Workman and Miya Masaoka, the GRH trio with Georg Graewe and Ernst Reijseger, the WHO trio with Michel Wintsch and Bänz Oester, as well as numerous duo projects with Thomas Lehn, John Butcher, Ellery Eskelin, Marilyn Crispell, and others. Mr. Hemingway is a Guggenheim fellow and has received numerous commissions for chamber and orchestral works as well as being noted for his innovative and multifaceted work as a solo performer which began in 1974. He was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet between 1983 and 1994 and is also well known for his collaborations with some of the world's most outstanding improvisers and composers including Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith and many others. He currently lives in Switzerland having joined the faculty of the Hochschule Luzern in 2009."-Gerry Hemingway Website (http://www.gerryhemingway.com)
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Recorded live at the Jazz Festival in Willisau, Switzerland on August 28th, 2015 by Martin Pearson.
Eskelin Ellery-tenor saxophone
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