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hatOLOGY 741 CD

Ellery Eskelin - tenor saxophone
Gary Versace - Hammond B3 organ
Gerry Hemingway - drums

Recorded live at the Jazz Festival Willisau, Switzerland, August, 2015

hatOLOGY 741cover copy


prime source recordings CD 7010

ELLERY ESKELIN - tenor saxophone
Gary Versace - Hammond B3 organ
Gerald Cleaver - drums

1. The Midnight Sun
2. Just One of Those Things
3. We See
4. My Ideal
5. After You’ve Gone
6. Flamingo

Download the Trio New York Press Kit

The New Yorker magazine recently referred to me as a saxophonist “with a romantic streak that runs parallel to his experimental leanings”. I like that. Romance is a descriptor that is rarely associated with the improv scene in New York City. And for the past couple of decades that is what I’ve been doing mostly. Free improvisation.

Yet in the past few years I’ve grown to feel very strongly that certain musical ingredients from those often romanticized days of old New York still resonate and even sound modern to my ears. I’m not talking about style, but of sound, delivery and rhythmic feeling in which saxophonists presented themselves much in the mold of the great vocalists. There was a type of virtuosity in their delivery (the sculpting of sound, the attention to timing) in which every nuance was magnified and deeply meaningful, the results sounding quite audacious to my ears today.

I’ve always thought of “Trio New York” as a free improvisation unit, in some ways a continuation of the type of work I’ve been doing all along, in other ways a distinct break from many of the concepts I’d been working with previously. We began playing locally in NYC clubs in 2010 putting in a year’s worth of time before making that first recording in 2011. That led to the band’s first European tour in early 2012 followed by dates in Canada and the US, most recently being the Detroit Jazz Festival.

“Trio New York II” is the second recording by the group and represents an evolution, the band having fine tuned it’s musical processes from gig to gig. We’re always looking to increase musical clarity while allowing enough mystery to keep things spontaneous and surprising. I’ve chosen material that I find compelling and beautiful while allowing the music to reflect the challenges and complexity involved in uniting and reconciling musical eras.

I’m very proud to be working with two of the great musicians of our time, organist Gary Versace (who knows his way around B3 Hammond organ and knows how to be creative with it) and Gerald Cleaver (who is both swinging and free, always with impressive dynamic sensitivity). Our sound engineer is Jon Rosenberg. My relationship with Jon goes back to the early ‘90s. Over the years we’ve had many lengthy discussions about recording techniques and musical aesthetics. I can say with no absolutely reservations that we’ve achieved the best recorded sound of my career in these last two Trio New York recordings with Jon. I also want to thank Systems Two Studios, a great room with a wonderful staff.

One final thing I’d like to say. It’s very important to me to take the extra time and expense to document this work and present it to you with the highest standards of artistic and technical quality possible. This documentation is not only central to my progress as an artist but I feel it is doubly important that as we are asking for your time and attention you should understand that you are getting a state of the art recording for your collection that you can value for many years to come.

Thanks very much.

Ellery Eskelin


Also available on prime source recordings:

TRIO NEW YORK (6010 CD) Ellery Eskelin w/Gary Versace & Gerald Cleaver
EVERY SO OFTEN (5010 CD) Ellery Eskelin & Sylvie Courvoisier
QUIET MUSIC (4010 Double CD) Ellery Eskelin w/Andrea Parkins & Jim Black
ON THE ROAD WITH (3010 DVD) Ellery Eskelin w/Andrea Parkins & Jim Black
PREMONITION Solo Tenor Saxophone (2010 CD) Ellery Eskelin