Nathan Eklund: Trip to the Casbah Part 2


Trip to the Casbah Part 2


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: 88/100 (learn more)

There is an expected "Night in Tunisia" feel to Nathan Eklund's "Trip to the Casbah Part 2." "Part 1" serves as serious warm-up, but "Part 2" is the main attraction. The head of the arrangement, with its infectious bassline, is something Dizzy might have played. But after the intro, Eklund's fine quintet throws us a curve. The band does not go directly to its original destination. Eklund leaves plenty of space between the notes of his solo. At times in the higher registers, he just squeezes out an emotive screech. Saxophonist Donny McCaslin takes the tune farther out, which is a habit from this gifted player. McCaslin traverses several circuitous routes to the Casbah and back as drummer Tim Horner busily fills in the accents. John Hart then takes a skittering guitar turn before we revisit the familiar and comfortable grooving theme. Nathan Eklund is a fine composer and trumpeter who proves to be a king of the domain of traditional modern jazz. That he and his band throw in some explorative side trips is an added bonus.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky


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