The Music of Eric Von Essen, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 flügelhorn. 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Cryptogramophone
  • UPC: 671860011521
  • Catalog Number: 600115
  • Sales rank: 180,022

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blues for Me - Ken Filiano (3:58)
  2. 2 Unresolved - Jeff Gauthier (8:53)
  3. 3 Valse Agité - Theo Saunders (6:11)
  4. 4 It's Just One Big Party - Theo Saunders (5:18)
  5. 5 The Good Doctor - Alex Cline & Joel Hamilton (7:33)
  6. 6 Norton's Last Words - Jeff Colella (5:37)
  7. 7 Finska Flues - Stacy Rowles & Tom Garvin (3:39)
  8. 8 Another Moon - Tom Warrington (4:46)
  9. 9 One Eye Laughs, One Eye Weeps - Kenny Wollesen (4:02)
  10. 10 Flicker and Burn - Alan Pasqua (11:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nels Cline Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Peter Erskine Drums
Stacy Rowles Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Tom Garvin Piano
Putter Smith Bass
Kate McGarry Vocals
Steve Cardenas Electric Guitar
Dave Carpenter Bass
Alex Cline Percussion, Drums
Scott Colley Bass
Ken Filiano Bass
Jeff Gauthier Violin
Karen Hammack Piano
Jerry Kalaf Drums
Larry Koonse Electric Guitar
Paul Kreibich Drums
Darek Oles Bass
Alan Pasqua Piano
Ralph Penland Drums
Tom Warrington Bass
David Witham Piano
Chuck Manning Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Wollesen Percussion, Drums
Theo Saunders Piano
Jeff Colella Piano
Mike Elizondo Bass
Joel Hamilton Bass
Technical Credits
Jeff Gauthier Producer
Michael Marciano Engineer
Jon Rosenberg Engineer
Bill Kohlhaase Liner Notes
Rich Breen Engineer, Mastering
Gareth Jiffeau Graphic Design
Steven Santoro Producer
Scott Fraser Engineer
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