Posts Tagged ‘old growth forest’

Old Growth Forest Ottawa preview

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CJN Toronto feature

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Vancouver Old Growth Forest gig preview

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Old Growth Forest Rochester City News preview

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Old Growth Forest reviewed at Point of Departure

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Old Growth Forest features an augmented version of drummer Harris Eisenstadt’s old trio with Chicago-based bassist Jason Roebke and fellow Windy City trombonist Jeb Bishop. Ten years ago, when he moved from Los Angeles to New York, Eisenstadt decided to expand the ensemble into a quartet that included saxophonist Tony Malaby. Unfortunately, gigs for a tour were scarce, so the project was shelved until September 2015, when Eisenstadt reunited the original members to play during his month-long residency at The Stone. The band went into the studio immediately afterwards to record this rich, expansive album.

This long-gestating venture features a delicate balance between freedom and form, lending the proceedings a looser, more spontaneous feel than some of Eisenstadt’s other more compositionally-minded endeavors, such as his various Canada Day units. Nonetheless, the record’s eight compositions all convey enough basic structure to provide direction for his bandmates to impart a poetic sensibility to each of the songs.

Most of the album’s tunes are named after old growth trees; “Larch” opens the set with a delightfully circuitous theme, setting the stage for a series of brawny brass and reed extrapolations. In contrast, “Pine” reveals a tentatively abstract vibe, roiling with subterranean trombone ululations punctuated by turbulent tenor testimonials. Alternating moods continue through the set: the angular “Redwood” features blistering horn interchanges at a brisk tempo, while “Spruce” unfolds in relaxed fashion, underscored by pointillist embellishments and languid glissandos. “Fir” continues the proceedings’ elegant deportment, highlighting the leader’s nimble dexterity, whereas “Big Basin” and “Cedar” close out the date with boldly expressive statements; the former contains some of Malaby and Bishop’s most unabashedly lyrical exchanges on record. Malaby and Bishop also weave contrapuntal improvisations full of ecstatic brio throughout the date. Their muscular interplay rarely abandons formal constraints, but finds novel ways to reinterpret the material. Roebke’s melodic bass holds down the mid-range for the frontline, while Eisenstadt, a magnanimous leader and tasteful drummer, encourages his colleagues with supple rhythm shifts and colorful textural embellishments.

Compared to Eisenstadt’s sophisticated and heavily arranged Canada Day compositions, the blowing vehicles presented by the quartet showcase a different side of his abilities, both as a composer and performer, while hinting at his unbridled percussive prowess as a sideman – documented on recent releases like Larry Ochs’ phenomenal The Fictive Five (Tzadik, 2015) or the drummer’s numerous contributions to trumpeter Nate Wooley’s projects. Revealing ample sonic variety, Old Growth Forest keenly demonstrates the visceral appeal of Eisenstadt’s more freewheeling approach.

–Troy Collins

Old Growth Forest reviewed at Son de Grisli

Review (in French) here

Old Growth Forest gets 4 stars in Downbeat

“…a timeless sensibility.”

Review on p.70 of online edition here

Old Growth Forest reviewed at Dusty Grooove

“…boldly modern and individual.”

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Old Growth Forest reviewed in NYC Jazz Record

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Free Jazz Blog reviews Old Growth Forest

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Old Growth Forest on Taran’s Free Jazz Hour (France)

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Old Growth Forest reviewed in Na Mira (Brazil)

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Old Growth Forest reviewed in Citizen Jazz (France)

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Old Growth Forest on Tomajazz (Spain)

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Old Growth Forest reviewed by Tom Hull

Harris Eisenstadt: Old Growth Forest (2016, Clean Feed)). Quartet, Jeb Bishop (trombone) and Tony Malaby (tenor sax) the horns, Jason Roebke on bass. I’m a little surprised that the horns don’t make a bigger splash, but the rhythm undercuts whatever they do, and is more interesting for that. B+(***)

Old Growth Podcast on Músicas No Plural podcast (Portugal)

22 February 2016 podcast streaming here

Old Growth Forest reviewed in Norway

Review (in Norwegian) here

Old Growth Forest reviewed (Lithuania)

Review (in Lithuanian) here

Old Growth Forest reviewed in Musicworks (Canada)

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Old Growth Forest released on Clean Feed Records (PT)

Old Growth Forest reviewed in Salt Peanuts (Norway)

“A brilliant recording of four of America’s best jazz musicians of today.”

Review (in Norwegian) here


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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