emusic review by Dave Sumner

CF 271Ellery Eskelin – Mirage (CF 271)
Eskelin has been having a strong 2013, having contributed to some of the better releases this year (albums by Ben Goldberg and Harris Eisenstadt immediately spring to mind). Now, back with an album as session leader, the veteran saxophonist displays his perpetually intriguing sound of experimental music with a deep lyricism. For this recording, it’s a trio of Ellery Eskelin (tenor sax), Michael Formanek (double bass) and Susan Alcorin (pedal steel guitar), and the resulting music is an intoxicating, moody type of avant-garde… music for the quiet moments of the day, but which engages the ear with no little passion. Highly Recommended.


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