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Ellery Eskelin/Andrea Parkins/Jim Black: One Great Day…

Over the past 22 years, hatmeister Werner Uehlinger has revamped his label several times, changing the format and design of his recordings, as well as creating new series to reflect his expanding interests in jazz, post-serial composition and non-idiomatic approaches to improvisation. For the first time, Uehlinger cites market conditions as a primary reason to overhaul the label and establish three limited edition series: hatOLOGY for jazz and related improvised music; hatART(now) for contemporary classical music; and hatNOIR for the unclassifiable. The format and design changes include the replacement of jewel boxes by ultra-thin, but sufficiently sturdy cardboard covers, and the dumping of liner notes in French and German in favor of a single essay in English. Mix a few new faces in with label stalwarts like Anthony Braxton, and the hat-lift is complete.

Like few of his contemporaries, most notably Dave Douglas, Ellery Eskelin has developed several projects that emphasize a particular aspect of his multi-faceted creativity. His genre-bending trio with accordionist Andrea Parkins (who also employs a sampler) and drummer Jim Black allows him the compositional latitude to apply his strong sense of structure to a free-wheeling juxtaposition of disparate materials. The striking timbral palette provided by Parkins and Black gives the tenor saxophonist plenty of vividly colored space, which makes his Jug-to-Shepp amalgamated style all the more appealing.

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