Exclaim.ca review by David Dacks

CF 157Harris Eisenstadt – Canada Day (CF 157)
Eisenstadt is a Canadian drummer living in New York who’s as well known for his compositions as for his kit work. Canada Day is his patriotic statement but beyond the proud goose on the cover and additional song titles this is no concept album. His quintet feature some great young talent that attack his challenging compositions with passion. Eisenstadt’s songs deftly balance complex arrangements with subtle, elastic grooves. His touch on drums is such that sometimes his groove seems almost inverted from normal, with his fills and coloration way up front and the actual pulse in the background. Chris Dingman’s vibes are the most distinctive sonic element yet the voicing with sax and trumpet produces full, rich tones. There are elements of post-rock, ’60s Blue Note sounds (à la Bobby Hutcherson) and West African styles — another Eisenstadt specialty. Although this is challenging music, the players keep it tonal all the way. Repeated listening is a must in order to fully appreciate these finely crafted songs.

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