harris eisenstadt




canada day october 09


canada day december 5 2008


"He's perpetually building new ensembles to suit the variety of music he hears in his head—that's what composers do. That music is just abstract enough to fall on the avant side of the tracks, but there are usually cohesive threads and kinetic triggers guiding the action. This quintet with vibes, reeds, and brass up front should suit his not-so-hidden yen for textural splendor." - jim macnie


the all seeing eye + octets


"Drummer Harris Eisenstadt's The All Seeing Eye + Octets broaches the subject of recomposition, which has lately become a genre into itself. The Original All Seeing Eye, from 1965, might be the least celebrated of Wayne Shorter's Blue Note albums, but it was also his most ambitious gambit as a composer, and the work most in touch with that era's mystically inclined avante-garde—his La Creation du Monde, ending with an ominous acknowledgment to Mephistopheles by flugelhornist Alan Shorter, the saxophonist's more daredevil brother. Eisenstadt reconceives the album's five heads as chamber works: without Shorter and Freddie Hubbard, this reinterpretation lacks the original's soloistic firepower, but makes up for it with dark, bruising interplay between Daniel Rosenboom's trumpet and three low reeds. If the presence of a bassoon inevitably recalls La Sacre du Printemps, the combination of bass clarinet, Chris Dingman's vibes, and Eisenstadt's drums reinforces this music's Blue Note origins, implicitly linking to Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch. And, in at least one instance, Eisenstadt comes closer to realizing Shorter's intentions than Shorter himself did: Given his proud musicianship, there was no way Shorter could bring himself to depict "Chaos," but Eisenstadt can. The original proceeded from a belief in what is now called "intelligent design," and could itself be taken by a believer as evidence of it. Eisenstadt treats it as an evolutionary work-in-progress, and it says something about his own promise as a composer that the pair of tumbling, three-part octets that complete this CD don't come as a letdown." - francis davis



where is brooklyn


"Relocated from the left coast, the percussionist/composer is a judicious progster with a yen for the lyrical." - Jim Macnie



the diplomats


"The ambitious West Coast percussionist is in town for a string of gigs that stretch from a recital at the Downtown Music Gallery on August 11 to a modern chamber ensemble next week. Tonight his Diplomats group acts like a rock band, taking an improv-informed ramble through R'head, S'garden, and other drama cases." - jim macnie


fight or flight


"The West Coast percussionist-composer is in town for a string of gigs that includes this record release party for a disc that finds a sizable chamber ensemble alluding to both John Carter's playful octet pieces and Cecil Taylor's much more rigorous structures, like "Enter, Evening." It has an attractive and mysterious feel." - jim macnie



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