Monday, December 13, 2010
Ellery Eskelin & Gerry Hemingway - Inbetween Spaces (Auricle, 2010) ****½
Not many words needed here. Two brilliant musicians. Great ideas. Great variation. The joy of music. The whole sixty-seven minutes. Some quiet sensitive sonic explorations, full of subtle and creative shifts. Some pieces that wanna make you dance on the spot. And even the most exploratory pieces are full of pulse and swing, however implicit.
Eskelin is a master of tone coloring, Hemingway a master of precise touches. Together they can tell stories like very few musicians can. Each piece has its own plot and evolves within the strict confines of the initial outset, expanding, developing it, improvising, adding touches, moments of despair and tension but without straying from the core concept, yet adding drama, suspense as they tell it.
No more words are needed. Judge for yourself on these two videos.