Dec 2010

Good Morning
For Harry
Where is Maxim?
Tears Will Come
Album Overview:


Recorded on August 17-18, 2010 in Pasadena, CA. Original music by Yelena Eckemoff with Yelena Eckemoff on piano, Darek Oleszkiewich on double-bass, and Peter Erskine on drums. 75 minute CD comes with 20 page color booklet documenting the session at the Firehouse Recording Studio.

Quotes from Critics Reviews:

The brilliant new release from pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff titled Flying Steps, is a musical excursion with one of the most captivating composers of today. Eckemoff is joined here by the great Peter Erskine on drums, and Darek Oleszkiewicz on bass. This release is the third installment of a trio of recordings recently released by Eckemoff. Her first two Cold Sun and Grass Catching Wind both received worldwide critical acclaim. Flying Steps is a very personal journey for Eckemoff. Selections such as For Harry, Tears Will Come, and Tomorrow, which are inspired by her personal relationships, to her inner self which is featured in Isolated. Yelena Eckemoff is music for listening. The intricacies and passion for which this music is presented will have you asking when is the forth installment. --Two for the Show media, November 2011.

There’s a rare delicacy to this luminous, ECM-ish piano-trio outing that features the remarkably sensitive rhythm duo of bassist Darek Oles and drummer Peter Erskine. All the material here was composed by the prolific, classically trained Moscow native Yelena Eckemoff, who characteristically prefers tinkling arpeggios to all-out swing and tends toward the new-agey end of the spectrum. Among the real gems are “Promise,” “A Smile,” the sparse “Isolated” and poignant “Mama,” all underscored by Oles’ graceful, woody tones and Erskine’s painterly approach to the kit. Drum fans will revel in Erskine’s choices throughout this keenly interactive offering. -- Bill Mikowski, Jazz Times, 03/20/12.

A good rule of thumb when exploring new or unfamiliar jazz terrain is to look for either bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz or drummer Peter Erskine among the personnel. Finding both together leads to the very satisfying net results of Yelena Eckemoff 's Flying Steps... One of the more interesting aspects of listening to these three musicians work together is their interdependence upon each other's skills and natural proclivities... In the final analysis, Flying Steps is a part of Eckemoff's evolution, the pianist playing to her strengths with conviction and great ability. --All About Jazz CD review by KARL ACKERMANN, Published: December 8, 2011

What more need to be said about Yelena Eckemoff? Besides the fact that she is an exceptional pianist/composer who has released numerous recordings that attests to it. In keeping step with her progression, her latest collection, Flying Steps, is merely a catapult boasting all and more that Eckemoff is capable of. With Flying Steps, Eckemoff dived within herself to compose such personal tracks such as For Harry and Tomorrow which were birthed from her personal relationships. With offering such as these, Eckemoff has produced a defining recording that shouts she has the stuff what jazz enthusiasts crave. --The Birmingham Times. Written by ESTHER CALLENS, Wednesday, 30 November 2011 12:45

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