Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Erik Jekabson - A Brand New Take (ORIGIN RECORDS 2016)

"...when trumpeter Erik Jekabson is the force responsible for the conflagration, it's an invitation to let the good times roll." ANDREW GILBERT, BERKELEY SIDE

Over the past decade, composer and trumpeter Erik Jekabson has been at the center of a daunting array of creatively charged musical situations that consistently attract the Bay Area's most incisive improvisers, like the cast that joins him here on his fifth album as a leader. The album's surging post-bop opener "Streamlined," introduces the quintet's front line with Jekabson and saxophonist Kasey Knudsen, propelled by crisp work from the fierce rhythm section featuring pianist Matt Clark, John Wiitala on bass, and the extraordinary young drummer Hamir Atwal.

Besides his work as a leader, Jekabson has contributed to many albums as a sideman, including projects by trombone legend Gracham Moncur III, Marcus Shelby, New Orleans funksters Galactic, and singer/songwriter John Mayer, with whom he toured for a year. He also runs the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra whose debut recording was released in 2015.

1.Streamlined 7:17
2.Blues for Q 7:52
3.Morning, Sunshine 6:53
4.Valentine Ostinato 1:25
5.Thriller 8:05
6.Streamlined Ostinato 1:17
7. A Brand New Take 5:29
8. My Funny Valentine 8:05
9. Chettie 8:54

Erik Jekabson - trumpet, flugelhorn
Kasey Knudsen - alto sax
Matt Clark - piano
John Wiitala - bass
Hamir Atwal - drums
special guests:
Dave Ellis - tenor sax (1,5)
John Gove - trombone (5)

Produced by Erik Jekabson 
Recorded by Dan Feiszli at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley 
October 11, 2015 
Mixed at What's for Lunch? Studio, El Cerrito 
Mastered by Jeremy Goody at Megasonic Studio, Oakland 
Photography by Kasey Knudsen 
Cover design by John Bishop