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Album Overview:

Recorded on August 17-18, 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Original music by Yelena Eckemoff with Yelena Eckemoff on piano, Mats Eilertsen on double-bass, and Marilyn Mazur on drums / percussion. 72 minute CD comes with 20 page color booklet documenting the session at the STC Recording Studios.

Quotes from Critics Reviews:

Russian born pianist Yelena Eckemoff’s latest offering Forget-me Not is a jazz and classically infused exploration of beauty, textures and improvisational genius. The interactive chemistry between Yelena, bassist Mats Eilertsen, and drummer Marilyn Mazur is clear from the first lustrous passages. Eckemoff’s compositions offer a journey of introspection, exploration and emotional intelligence. One cannot help but be profoundly moved by hearing her approach and ideas. Though classically influenced in nature, each composition is entrenched in the modern jazz idiom. With a vast discography, that includes some of the leading figures in jazz today, Eckemoff has clearly established herself as a top ranking composer. The question is no longer whether she can be considered in the ranks of top composers; it is now how far her musical journey will take her. ~H. Allen Williams, Jazz Times, published 06/09/12.  

The scrolling notes of pianist of Yelena Eckemoff embroider imagery soundscapes that soothe, excite and entrap the listener in an experience beyond earthly dimensions.” --Susan Frances, JazzReview.com.

A beautiful album of ECM quality.~L.J. Kopf, WWPV Burlington, VT

 Russian-born pianist with a very open sound. At times it’s ethereal, with more than a hint of avant-garde shading to it, but at other points she grooves with a relaxed, highly appealing vibe. This feels very much like an ECM record, and the presence of shape-shifting percussionist Marilyn Mazur is a big part of that. But Eckemoff doesn’t settle into any easy niche, making this a really interesting disc. ~Forrest Dylan Brant, KZSU Stanford, CA



For several decades, Eckemoff has been establishing her reputation for creative music that is both free and romantic. Slower tempos reinforce the modest and restrained expressions, yet at the same time we discover that this group's vision is to make transcendent musical statements. The result is je ne sais quoi, with fascinating elements and qualities which are hard to describe. To fully understand and appreciate the nuance of this music, tune into the emotional content of the pieces. See if they don’t become memorable as they resonate from heart to heart across cultures. ~Joe Ross, Blogcritics

FORGET-me-NOT is an album without borders, a gallery of animate snapshots that float on the wind. Its fluid transitions hang like a necklace from the neck of a mother who stares through the window of her past and finds a thousand songs to sing. Let's hope this is a sign of things to come for an artist who continues to add feathers to her wings with each new release. ~Tyran Grillo, ECM Reviews

Forget-me-Not, is an exploration of the pianist's imaginative compositional style with spirited group interplay. Bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Marilyn Mazur are both equal contributors to the music's open-ended direction... The pianist's technical prowess is evident without ever being overbearing... Eckemoff's approach to the traditional piano trio is fresh and appealing. ~John Barron, The Jazz Word

...Piano trio, with Mats Eilertsen on bass and Marilyn Mazur on percussion. Smart, precise, tasteful, as is everything I've heard from her. B+(***)~Tom Hull, Jazzprospecting.

The ambient soundscapes and eclectic tresses of Forget Me Not from pianist Yelena Eckemoff showcases music that stimulates the mind through complex entanglements and ethereally textured chimes reverberating in a broad range of keys and decibels. The improvised parts are proportioned to the structured motifs so the tracks keep their autonomy while maintaining a melodic fluidity. Accompanied by Mats Eilertsen on double bass and Marilyn Mazur on drums and percussions, Forget Me Not stays true to Eckemoff's character of being a member of the vanguard and keeping her audience guessing about what creations she has in store for them. ~Susan Frances, Yahoo!

FORGET-me-NOT is a captivating listen, which takes you beyond the usual jazz CD, a deeper musical message and an introspective appreciation for oneself through Eckmoff’s music. You cannot help but reflect and enjoy as you listen along. Eckemoff’s ability to transport the listener beyond their own boundaries is what we all look for in music. Clearly, Eckemoff has given the listener a chance to experience this opportunity through her expressive ideas and outstanding personnel choice. Mazur and Eilertsen create the circle of a perfect trio. The sound is symbiotic, expressive and meaningful. Don’t miss the opportunity to be introduced to Eckemoff through any of her current or previous releases and experience the becoming of a true master in the making.~Geannine Reid, Ejazz News

Yelena Eckemoff is a virtuoso talent. There is a striking contrast of dynamic fusion of the more European classical with western improvisation. The truly captivating aspect of Forget Me Not is that no one influence is predominant over another. Eckemoff's chameleon like ability to change sonic colors and textures; most at will, make this release an artistic triumph. ~Brent Black, Critical Jazz

An exciting composer and improviser, Yelena Eckemoff has produced a thought provoking and engaging record that fuses multiple musical currents into a unique whole. Eckemoff weaves her different influences into her improvisations with seamless ease. ~ Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz

YELENA ECKEMOFF/Forget-Me-Not: Working in a trio setting with Marilyn Mazur, Contemporary, very cool school stuff that can seamlessly bounce back and forth between background and foreground music. ~Chris Spector, Midwest Record Volume 35/Number 126

Forget-Me-Not is a simple trio album featuring Eckemoff (piano), Marilyn Mazur (drums), and Mats Elitersen, and together they bring the kind of great sensibility that one can often hear on jazz albums on ECM. Pick an era, and you may hear some of those qualities here. I think that I like about these musicians as they play is that there’s an understanding for the goal of the song, and they allow each other breathing room. In a song like “Seven”, you tend to imagine everything from snow falling to clouds crumbling as Eckemoff washes the rhythm section fresh as Eltertsen holds things together with his bass melody. ~John Book, This is Books Music

...Sound quality is excellent all the way through encouraging listeners to stay engaged for all elements. ~D. Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Magazine

Forget-me-Not, Yelena Eckemoff. Russian pianist Eckemoff has been trained in the classical traditions, but this disc, recorded in Copenhagen with bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Marilyn Mazur, encompasses more than just classical. There is contemporary composition, flowing jazz rhythms, introspective passages, and conversational interplay, from the quietude of “Maybe,” to the polyrhythmic dance of “Sand-Glass” and the classical-jazz of “Schubert’s Code.” This is cerebral jazz with feeling, as Eckemoff’s subtle touches bring a deep feel to the sometimes classically avantgarde. ~Kyle O’Brien, Jazzscene

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