Nathan Eklund: Passing Trains


Passing Trains


Nathan Eklund (trumpet, flugelhorn)


Trip to the Casbah (Jazz Excursion JEX-117)

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Nathan Eklund (trumpet, flugelhorn), Donny McCaslin (tenor sax),

John Hart (guitar), Bill Moring (bass), Tim Horner (drums)


Composed by Nathan Eklund


Recorded: Hampton, NJ, June 2008


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Trip to the Casbah is trumpeter and composer Nathan Eklund's third album for Jazz Excursion Records. The music is modern bop in nature and tightly arranged. Eklund is very clearly a jazz traditionalist. He stays with the tried and true of the form. But there are modern sensibilities in the guise of quick licks and changes of direction that jazz things up a bit as well. "Passing Trains" is a straightforward swinging number. The tandem of bassist Bill Moring and drummer Tim Horner chugs down the tracks from the count of one. Eklund and saxophonist Donny McCaslin play the boppish head in unison. Guitarist John Hart takes a tasteful solo over Moring's walking bass and Horner's churning drums. Eklund follows low in the mix. His solo builds but never overwhelms the contributions of his sidemen. The music has a true ensemble feel. Eklund and Hart trade the rest of the way to the station. This isn't bullet-train rail service. But Eklund and his crew maintain enough speed to keep your toes tapping and still be able to look out the window at the scenery.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky


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