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Yelena Eckemoff: Colors (L&H)

Yelena Eckemoff is no synesthete, yet she’s long conjured the sound of colors through the piano’s keys. In this duo encounter with style-spanning drumming Manu Katché, she explores the titular topic with the most marked of intentions. Eckemoff traces the various stages of human life and growth in various tints and tones. The album opens … Read More “Yelena Eckemoff: Colors (L&H)”

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Yelena Eckemoff: Glass Song

Yelena Eckemoff was born in Moscow and studied at the prestigious Gnessin Academy and the Moscow State Conservatory. She has lived in the United States since 1991, and was a classical pianist until about 2009, when she reinvented herself as a jazz musician. Her new album, Glass Song, has a theme. It is about the … Read More “Yelena Eckemoff: Glass Song”

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Yelena Eckemoff: Flying Steps

There’s a rare delicacy to this luminous, ECM-ish piano-trio outing that features the remarkably sensitive rhythm duo of bassist Darek Oles and drummer Peter Erskine. All the material here was composed by the prolific, classically trained Moscow native Yelena Eckemoff, who characteristically prefers tinkling arpeggios to all-out swing and tends toward the new-agey end of … Read More “Yelena Eckemoff: Flying Steps”

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Yelena Eckemoff: Grass Catching the Wind

Upon listening to Grass Catching the Wind‘s spacious, repetitive opening track, “Anticipation of Spring,” you might be tempted to dismiss Yelena Eckemoff as Russia’s answer to George Winston: a new-age noodler obsessed with ostinatos and other ornate curlicues on the piano. But then the sensitive Danish rhythm tandem of bassist Mads Vinding and drummer Morten … Read More “Yelena Eckemoff: Grass Catching the Wind”

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