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Eckemoff, Yelena / Nocturnal Animals
Album:Nocturnal Animals Collection:Jazz
Artist:Eckemoff, Yelena Added:01/2020
Label:L&H Production 

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Add Date:2020-02-05 Pull Date:2020-04-08 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2020-01-27 
Reviewed: 2020—01-26
Genre: Jazz
FCCs: none
Review: Pianist Eckemoff returns with yet another double disc of meditative & engaging tunes, this time based around animal themes. It is interesting to see where her flights of fancy take her, as if each tune is a soundtrack for that animal. This time out, her quartet is composed of two of the top percussionists in the ECM fold with one of the most accomplished bassists, who shares the spotlight.
If You Like: Julia Hulsman, Keith Jarrett, Eberhard Weber, David friesen
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
*(Disc 1) 1/ Cicada (8:15) – piano starts> midtempo jam> builds to crescendo> bass solo> midtempo jam> slow fade
**2/ Bat (4:56) – piano starts> uptempo jam shifts in tempo with twists & turns> slow fade
3/ Walkingstick (3:59) – piano starts> slow tempo hesititating jam> quick fade
***4/ Fox (6:10) – bass/drums start> fast tempo jam> swinging piano solo> bass solo> drum/ percussion duet> fast jam> quick fade
5/ Grizzly Bear (6:20) – piano starts> midtempo jam> piano solo> midtempo jam> bass solo> midtempo jam> slow fade
*6/ Rattlesnake (3:04) – drums start> slow hesitating jam> piano/ bass duet> crescendo> slow jam builds to crescendo> midtempo jam slows to slow tempo> crescendo & slow fade
*7/ Wolf (8:24) – pianos starts with cascading notes> midtempo jam with multiple crescendos> bass solo> drum solo to fade
*(Disc 2) 8/ Hedgehog (7:21) – piano starts> midtempo jam> piano solo> bass solo> midtempo jam> quick stop
9/ Toad (4:02) – piano starts> midtempo jam> piano solo> slow hesitating jam> quick fade
*10/ Lynx (6:38) – bass starts> mellow uptempo jam> piano solo> uptempo jam> fade
11/ Scorpion (6:07) – piano starts> slow tempo jam> piano solo> slow jam builds in volume> fade
**12/ Firefly (4:00) – bass/piano starts> midtempo jam> piano solo> bass solo> midtempo jam> fade
*13/ Owl (3:02) – piano starts> slow tempo jam builds to midtempo> piano solo> midtempo jam>
**14/ Sea Turtle (7:33) – piano starts> slow tempo jam builds to uptempo> piano solo> bass solo> midtempo jam mellows> slow fade

Track Listing
1.Cicada 8.Hedgehog
2.Bat 9.Toad
3.Walkingstick 10.Lynx
4.Fox 11.Scorpion
5.Grizzly Bear 12.Firefly
6.Rattlesnake 13.Owl
7.Wolf 14.Sea Turtle