Harris Eisenstadt


(CIMP) (2003)


Harris Eisentadt: drums; Andy Laster: clarinet, baritone saxophone; Roy Campbell: trumpet, pocket trumpet, flugelhorn; Paul Smoker: trumpet; Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet.

"Ellingtonian in scope... Eisenstadt breathes fresh air into the small ensemble."

-Steven Loewy
All Music Guide


from the penguin guide to jazz 9th edition:

***(*) Jalolu A fascinating concept and line-up, and the music delivers as strongly as it promises. The project seems to have been inspired by Eisenstadt’s late-2002 visit to the Gambia, where he stayed with the kora player Foday Musa Suso; ‘jalolu’ is Mandinka for ‘musicians.’ Drummers have long been attracted to the highly specific and local percussion traditions of West Africa. Almost uniquely, Eisenstadt seems to have used the experience to reinforce his own thinking rather than simply borrow exotic patterns and time-signatures. The opening, ‘Boogie on Lenjeno,’ does, however, use traditional elements, albeit with playful intent. ‘Mwindo’ sees the horns hocketing back and forth across the drum metre. ‘Jumpin In’ is dedicated to Eric Dolphy and some ideas the great saxophonist gave to Yusef Lateef in 1961. ‘Ahimsa #2’ returns to a long-standing concern and series of pieces. Somewhat unusually for CIMP, there are alternate takes of ‘Seruba’ and ‘Jumpin In’; they’re by no means makeweights but further examples of a remarkable group at the peak of its powers.