Canada Day IV reviewed in Dusted Magazine


While the name of this ensemble invites you to think first of geography, it’s a bit misleading. Only drummer/composer/bandleader Harris Eisenstadt comes from Canada; the rest are US citizens, all currently based in or near New York. But while this combo benefits from the myriad connections that saxophonist Matt Bauder, trumpeter Nate Wooley, bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, and vibraphonist Chris Dingman have established in their own and other people’s bands, the character of Eisenstadt’s compositions ensure that you’ll never mix this record up with Bauder’sNightshades or Wooley’s (Sit In) The Throne Of Friendship despite exploring a similar intersection of ‘60s jazz forms and contemporary instrumental approaches. Eisenstadt is hardly the first jazz musician to honor Wayne Shorter—a few years back he did an album of Shorter’s compositions—but he’s unique in the way he emulates Shorter’s embrace of elusiveness. Oftentimes it’s the instrument that pulls back that defines a passage as much as the featured soloist, and the vulnerable quiver more than the muscular statement that establishes a piece’s mood. And Eisenstadt’s own playing is showcased more in the way he manages the surges and surfaces behind the other players than in foregrounded statements. His subtlety is not going to bowl you over, but it exerts a gravity that’ll pull a listener right in.  - Bill Meyer


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