CD The Music of Eric Von Essen, Vol. 3 (CD 888515),
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The Music of Eric Von Essen, Vol. 3
1. Blues for Me - Ken Filiano/Nels Cline
2. Unresolved - Jeff Gauthier/Alex Cline/Nels Cline
3. Valse Agit - Darek Oles/Theo Saunders/Ralph Penland/Chuck Manning
4. It's Just One Big Party - Darek Oles/Theo Saunders/Ralph Penland/Chuck Manning
5. Good Doctor, The - Joel Hamilton/David Witham/Alex Cline/Nels Cline
6. Norton's Last Words - Jeff Colella/Jerry Kalaf/Putter Smith
7. Finska Flues - Stacy Rowles/Larry Koonse/Tom Garvin/Tom Warrington/Paul Kreibich
8. Another Moon - Stacy Rowles/Larry Koonse/Tom Garvin/Tom Warrington/Paul Kreibich
9. One Eye Laughs, One Eye Weeps - Karen Hammack/Kate McGarry/Scott Colley/Steve Cardenas/Kenny Wollesen
10. Flicker and Burn - Dave Carpenter/Alan Pasqua/Peter Erskine
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 115
Jeff Gauthier; Steven Santoro; Jeff Gauthier (Compilation)
Scott Fraser; Jon Rosenberg; Michael Marciano; Rich Breen
Includes liner notes by Bill Kohlhaase.
Personnel: Kate McGarry (vocals); Nels Cline (acoustic 12-string guitar, electric guitar, classical guitar); Larry Koonse, Steve Cardenas (electric guitar); Jeff Gauthier (violin); Chuck Manning (tenor saxophone); Stacy Rowles (trumpet, flugelhorn); Karen Hammack, David Witham, Theo Saunders, Jeff Colella, Alan Pasqua, Tom Garvin (piano); Alex Cline, Kenny Wollesen (drums, percussion); Jerry Kalaf, Peter Erskine, Ralph Penland, Paul Kreibich (drums).
Audio Mixer: Rich Breen .
Liner Note Author: Bill Kohlhaase.
Recording information: Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, CA (08/22/1999-02/28/2001); Rumbo Recorders, Burbank, CA (08/22/1999-02/28/2001); Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, NY (08/22/1999-02/28/2001); Tedesco Studio, Paramus, NJ (08/22/1999-02/28/2001); The Bakery, Burbank, CA (08/22/1999-02/28/2001).
Eric von Essen never recorded as a leader during his lifetime, though he played bass and cello as a sideman on a number of memorable releases between 1980 and 1994. This third (and evidently, final) volume of his original compositions features a number of different artists, including a few who collaborated with him on earlier releases. Guitarist Nels Cline, with whom the composer made his recording debut, plays 12-string acoustic guitar with Ken Filiano's arco bass in the moving "Blues for Me," which isn't really a blues at all. Violinist Jeff Gauthier and drummer Alex Cline, both of whom appeared on von Essen's first date as well, join the guitarist and bassist Michael Elizondo for the tense, very complex "Unresolved." The brisk, Latin-flavored "It's Just One Big Party" showcases tenor saxophonist Chuck Manning and pianist Theo Saunders. The delightful trio arrangement of "Norton's Last Words" is not a slow, mournful elegy as its title might imply, but a catchy post-bop vehicle with superb solos by pianist Jeff Colella and bassist Putter Smith. "Finska Flues" is a roller coaster ride centered around Stacy Rowles' tasty flgelhorn. Kate McGarry contributed the vocals and the lyrics to the reflective "One Eye Laughs, One Eye Weeps," which she also performed at Eric von Essen's funeral. Jazz fans should regret the premature death of this talented composer before he had a chance to record many of his compositions, though at least his friends and admirers seem dedicated to making his rewarding music more widely known. ~ Ken Dryden
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