Eyeweekly review by Dave Morris

CF 157Harris Eisenstadt – Canada Day (CF 157)
Americans don’t think being from Canada is particularly cool — in their minds, we’re basically Upper Montana — so for Brooklyn-based jazz drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt, naming his album and his ensemble after his home and native land is ballsy. So are the disc’s eight originals, which crackle with intensity despite their knotty, abstract harmonies. The team of Eivind Opsvik’s driving bass and Chris Dingman’s moody vibraphone work echo Dave Holland’s rapport with Steve Nelson, and Eisenstadt supports them with sensitive patterns that keep on pushing the band forward, as well as the occasional funk groove. Trumpeter Nate Wooley and tenor saxist Matt Bauder weave around the rhythm section with ease (especially on “After An Outdoor Bath,” which sounds at times like one of those great freewheeling loft jams from the late ’70s), but Dingman steals the show with his plaintive intro to “Every Day Is Canada Day.” If only.

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