Golden State II Harris Eisenstadt

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Label: Songlines

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Crossover Jazz

Artist: Harris Eisenstadt

Composer: Harris Eisenstadt

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  • 1The Arrangement of Unequal Things06:54
  • 2Seven in Six / A Particularity with a Universal Resonance14:25
  • 3A Kind of Resigned Indignation09:56
  • 4Agency08:02
  • 5Gleaning10:17
  • Total Runtime49:34

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Versatile, stylish NY drummer Eisenstadt’s second release of creative chamber jazz by his Golden State quartet, this immaculately recorded (24/88.2) Vancouver Jazz Festival concert features engrossing 4-way interplay on an engaging set of original compositions.

This time Amsterdam-based American clarinetist Michael Moore (ICP Orchestra) replaces flutist Nicole Mitchell; his elegant but gutsy playing has a jazzier, bluesy quality even when playing free. Singular bassist Mark Dresser and improvising bassoon pioneer Sara Schoenbeck return with their typically erudite and soulful approaches to improvisation and to interpreting written material. Harris (#3 rising star for percussion in the 2014 DownBeat critcs poll) oversees things from the drum-kit with controlled outbursts, subtle polyrhythms, and an endless stream of gorgeous textures and colors.

Michael Moore, clarinet
Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon
Mark Dresser, contrabass
Harris Eisenstadt, drums

Harris Eisenstadt
a drummer and composer originally from toronto, takes a fixer’s approach to music making, looking for ways to fit the pieces together. He works along jazz’s progressive fringe but doesn’t generally set out to make a ruckus. In his own music especially, he often seems intent on extracting consonance from dissonance or forging ungainliness into grace." (Nate Chinen, the New York Times). Critics have called him "one of the new generation's leading composers" (Troy Collins,, "strong proof that jazz is still young and growing," (Greg Burk, l.a. weekly), "vital and increasingly influential" (Glenn Astarita, and "one of the most creative and skilled musician/composers incorporating traditional material to create new and vital improvised music" (Robert Iannapollo, allaboutjazz-new york).  The village voice's Jim Macnie adds, "he's perpetually building new ensembles to suit the variety of music he hears in his head—that's what composers do."

One of only a handful of drummers equally well-known for his work as a composer, Eisenstadt is among the most versatile and prolific musicians of his generation. His eclectic resume includes studies with some of the most respected names in both improvised music and west african drumming, and performances in genres ranging from film and theater to poetry and dance to contemporary classical and opera.  Most active in jazz and improvised music, as both an in-demand sideman and a bandleader, he has performed all over the globe, earned commissions from organizations such as meet the composer and the american composers forum, and appeared on more than 35 recordings over the past decade.  His latest recording, woodblock prints (no business, 2010), has received rave reviews, and recent honors include nomination for up and coming artist of the year by the jazz journalists association (2009), and rising star in the composer cateogry of the downbeat international critics poll (2009).

Booklet for Golden State II

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