Old Growth Forest gig reviewed in NYC Jazz Record
From the October 2015 Ny@Night column:
“To open his weeklong residency at The Stone, drummer Harris Eisenstadt debuted a new quartet, Old Growth Forest, with saxophonist Tony Malaby, trombonist Jeb Bishop and bassist Jason Roebke; it could have been called Deep Dish versus Thin Crust given the Chicago/ New York juxtaposition (though Eisenstadt is Canadian and Bishop is now based in North Carolina). The seven tunes—to appear next year on a Clean Feed release the band would record shortly after the gig—were mostly named for trees found on Wikipedia, Eisenstadt quipped, and were marked by what makes the leader such an interesting composer: an anachronistic concern for melody as well as harmony and a knack for shifting emphases, such that the focus moved around the band like some multi-spatial baton relay. Bishop and Malaby, infrequent partners, made up a compelling frontline, if one excuses the inaccurate hierarchical nomenclature, both capable of forcefulness and subtlety as well as extended techniques and textural diversions, while Eisenstadt countered Roebke’s rhythmic gooeyness with understated commentary. The pieces mostly hovered in the 7-10-minute range, “Spruce” stretching to 15 and “Fir” a spritely 4 to close the set. To belabor the arboreal theme, the tunes had the flexibility of willows swaying in the wind, loping or plodding rhythms contrasted by quirky melodic lines, a horn soloing briefly before being joined by or argued with by the other. One could certainly see the forest for the trees.” – Andrey Henkin
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