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Ilhan Ersahin/Dave Harrington/Kenny Wollesen: Invite Your Eye (Nublu)

A review of the trio's first official recording

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Ilhan Ersahin/Dave Harrington/Kenny Wollesen: Invite Your Eye
The cover of Invite Your Eye by Ilhan Ersahin, Dave Harrington and Kenny Wollesen

Sweden-via-New-York-City saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin made a name for himself in the late 1990s with trip-hop act Wax Poetic, Dave Harrington has blurred the lines of electronic music and ambient guitar soundscapes in Darkside and his own Group, and the intrepid Kenny Wollesen has been a longtime member of Sexmob and invaluable drummer of John Zorn’s. This motley threesome has joined forces in one duo iteration or another for years, so their telepathic interplay is already ingrained. Invite Your Eye—their first official recording working together as a trio—is a direct manifestation of that psychic-grade rapport.

Channeling the afterhours vibe of Nublu, the downtown NYC jazz and experimental-music club that Ersahin opened in the early 2000s and is still going strong today, Invite Your Eye is a spacy stoner-jazz of sorts, the zoned-out soundtrack to stumbling down Avenue C in the dead of night after a few too many libations. Over the album’s eight tracks, Ersahin, Harrington, and Wollesen unfurl shadowy and dystopian vistas that showcase each player’s well-oiled, multi-dimensional mettle.

Murky, slow-burning saxophone combined with the interstellar overdrive of electric piano and ambient guitar twang and guided by Wollesen’s Krautrock-ish rhythms turns out to be a trance-inducing cocktail. Think the bluesy “low-rock” of Morphine accompanied by Bill Frisell or David Torn on guitar. “And It Happens Every Day” opens the record on a meditative, cosmic Americana-styled note as it settles into a brushed-drum groove that extends into the following “Dusty Village.” The trio knows how to bring the funk riffs too, as the title track and “Wreck the Study” rock out. Invite Your Eye is a brew of heady magnitude.

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