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Yelena ECKEMOFF Quintet: In the Shadow of a Cloud – L & H

Yelena ECKEMOFF Quintet: In the Shadow of a Cloud – L & H

Yelena ECKEMOFF Quintet: In the Shadow of a Cloud – L & H 25, 96:00, (8/4/17) ***: ECM-sound alike composer and pianist Yelena Eckemoff’s  tone poems arranged for a quintet. (Yelena Eckemoff; composer and piano; Chris Potter; saxophone, bass clarinet, flute; Adam Rogers; guitar; Drew Gress; bass; Gerald Cleaver; drums) The profound but irascible German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer astonished himself and the world (the latter belatedly) by independently discovering the central tenets of both Buddhism and Hinduism. When the first texts from the East, such as the Upanishads, began to make their way into European translations, Schopenhauer was able to show how many of the philosophical themes had been anticipated in his own multifarious writings. As it happened, this made little impression on his contemporaries. A happier coincidence can be seen in the work of Yelena Eckemoff a transplanted Russian  composer and pianist who, it seems,  has independently discovered jazz. Arriving in the United States in 1991 as something of a refuge, following an education at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory as a classical musician, she had almost no acquaintance with the America-rooted improvisatory tradition. However, this did not stop her from releasing her first jazz record, Cold Sun, which comprised […]