Jul 2010

Anticipation of Spring
Rain Streams
Sonnet for the Flowers
Night of the Fireflies & ...
Emerald World
Summer Heat
Grass Catching the Wind
Beautiful Destruction
Album Overview:

With Yelena Eckemoff on piano, Mads Vinding on double-bass, and Morten Lund on drums, this extra long (78 minutes) album explores the seasons of spring, summer and fall. In her original music, Yelena continues experimenting with merging post-bop jazz improvisations and modern classical structures, resulting in groovy, elegant, complex, and deeply meaningful music.

Quotes from Critics Reviews:

As the unnamed sequel to Cold Sun, Grass Catching the Wind picks up where the former left off with "Anticipation of Spring." Its shaded bass solo, courtesy of Vinding, sets the tone for the album's crepuscular seepage. Nocturnal gestures unfurl in "Night of the Fireflies & Crickets" and the masterful "Neverland," while "Summer Heat," "Harvest," and "Sonnet for the Flowers" flap like laundry hanging in an afternoon breeze, intermittently revealing the vast countryside behind.

We also find ourselves in the more upbeat stylings of drummer Morten Lund in "Somebody Likes Jogging," "Rain Streams," and "Emerald World," the latter being the grooviest leg on this tour and the album's crowning highlight. The distinctive bass line in the title track also pulls us forward in fluid motion, fanned along by card-deck riffles from snare. And where "Overcast" engages shadowy figures in a puppet show of opaque emotions, "Beautiful Destruction" actually bonds them with light. This is music unveiled to reveal a softly beating heart, where memory is the only present. (by Tyran Grillo, ECM Review, Oct. 23, 2011)

The trio does generate some nice interaction on “Rain Streams” and “Somebody Likes Jogging,” the pensive title track and the ECM-ish “Summer Heat,” the classically flavored “Overcast” and “Sonnet for the Flowers,” but a little of this hyper-delicate stuff goes a long way. Bill Mikowski on  November 23, 2011.

Eckemoff demonstrates a completely original sound; no Tyner, Jarrett, Hancock etc. A few hints of the Romantics like Chopin and Schubert pop up once in awhile. The music itself is musical journey through seasons, climates and geographies, with musical waxings and wanings creating a seamless sonic panorama. The music is intelligent without being pedantic, sophisticated without being sterile, creative without being indulgent and sensitive without being desultory. Tunes bounce, weave, collide and open up as temperatures and musical barometric pressures change. A surprise that will stand the test of time. Look for this one! --George W. Harris, Jazzweekly.com, May 3, 2012.


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