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Album Overview:

Recorded on August 17-18, 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Original music by Yelena Eckemoff with Yelena Eckemoff on piano, Mats Eilertsen on double-bass, and Marilyn Mazur on drums / percussion. 72 minute CD comes with 20 page color booklet documenting the session at the STC Recording Studios.

Press Release:

On August 17-18, 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark Eckemoff recorded her latest endeavor Forget-Me-Not, with Mats Eilertsen on double-bass and Marilyn Mazur on drums and percussion, releasing in February of 2012. The CD highlights the innovative compositional work of Yelena Eckemoff, who demonstrates her well-crafted pianism from a gifted classically trained pianist. Her ideas are imaginative, deeply heartfelt and pleasantly unpredictable. Ten original music compositions adorn this 72 minute disc which embraces a wide emotional pallet, ranging from somber and introspective pieces to bursting with energy and vigor, each cut has its own unique message. A mutual understanding and joyful interplay between three gifted musicians create a smooth musical flow, where every note and every intricate detail fits in its place. Mixed and mastered by the renowned American sound engineer, Rich Breen, Forget-Me-Not displays the qualities of one of the best sounding and most beautiful recordings in modern jazz.


Quotes from Critics Reviews:

For several decades, Eckemoff has been establishing her reputation for creative music that is both free and romantic. Slower tempos reinforce the modest and restrained expressions, yet at the same time we discover that this group's vision is to make transcendent musical statements. The result is je ne sais quoi, with fascinating elements and qualities which are hard to describe. To fully understand and appreciate the nuance of this music, tune into the emotional content of the pieces. See if they don’t become memorable as they resonate from heart to heart across cultures. ~Joe Ross, Blogcritics

FORGET-me-NOT is an album without borders, a gallery of animate snapshots that float on the wind. Its fluid transitions hang like a necklace from the neck of a mother who stares through the window of her past and finds a thousand songs to sing. Let's hope this is a sign of things to come for an artist who continues to add feathers to her wings with each new release. ~Tyran Grillo, ECM Reviews

Forget-me-Not, is an exploration of the pianist's imaginative compositional style with spirited group interplay. Bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Marilyn Mazur are both equal contributors to the music's open-ended direction. From the light swirls of sound on the opening track "Resurrection of a Dream" to the trodden harmonic movement of the poignant closing ballad "Welcome a New Day," Eckemoff puts forth convincing themes with ample space for bass and drums to fill in the cracks with unhindered expression. The pianist's technical prowess is evident without ever being overbearing. As heard on the title track, she has a tendency to be sly, even within an approach to line shaping that is resolute. "Sand Glass" is an example of a more thoroughly composed piece, maintaining a jazzy aesthetic. Such a prescribed direction is a nice contrast to some of the more free form moments heard on the disc. Eckemoff's approach to the traditional piano trio is fresh and appealing. ~John Barron, The Jazz Word

The ambient soundscapes and eclectic tresses of Forget Me Not from pianist Yelena Eckemoff showcases music that stimulates the mind through complex entanglements and ethereally textured chimes reverberating in a broad range of keys and decibels. The improvised parts are proportioned to the structured motifs so the tracks keep their autonomy while maintaining a melodic fluidity. Accompanied by Mats Eilertsen on double bass and Marilyn Mazur on drums and percussions, Forget Me Not stays true to Eckemoff's character of being a member of the vanguard and keeping her audience guessing about what creations she has in store for them. ~Susan Frances, Yahoo!

Yelena Eckemoff is a virtuoso talent. There is a striking contrast of dynamic fusion of the more European classical with western improvisation. The truly captivating aspect of Forget Me Not is that no one influence is predominant over another. Eckemoff's chameleon like ability to change sonic colors and textures; most at will, make this release an artistic triumph. ~Brent Black, Critical Jazz

An exciting composer and improviser, Yelena Eckemoff has produced a thought provoking and engaging record that fuses multiple musical currents into a unique whole. Eckemoff weaves her different influences into her improvisations with seamless ease. ~ Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz

YELENA ECKEMOFF/Forget-Me-Not: Working in a trio setting with Marilyn Mazur, Contemporary, very cool school stuff that can seamlessly bounce back and forth between background and foreground music. ~Chris Spector, Midwest Record Volume 35/Number 126

Forget-Me-Not is a simple trio album featuring Eckemoff (piano), Marilyn Mazur (drums), and Mats Elitersen, and together they bring the kind of great sensibility that one can often hear on jazz albums on ECM. Pick an era, and you may hear some of those qualities here. I think that I like about these musicians as they play is that there’s an understanding for the goal of the song, and they allow each other breathing room. In a song like “Seven”, you tend to imagine everything from snow falling to clouds crumbling as Eckemoff washes the rhythm section fresh as Eltertsen holds things together with his bass melody. ~John Book, This is Books Music

Pianist Yelena Eckemoff leads a trio with bassist Mats Eilertsen and Marilyn Mazur on drums. Forget-me-Not is her self-produced album with ten selections. Among the best are "Five", "Trapped in Time" and "Quasi Sonata". But this is a mixed bag with half of the music on the free jazz side in contrast with the aforementioned. Sound quality is excellent all the way through encouraging listeners to stay engaged for all elements. ~D. Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Magazine

Forget-me-Not, Yelena Eckemoff. Russian pianist Eckemoff has been trained in the classical traditions, but this disc, recorded in Copenhagen with bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Marilyn Mazur, encompasses more than just classical. There is contemporary composition, flowing jazz rhythms, introspective passages, and conversational interplay, from the quietude of “Maybe,” to the polyrhythmic dance of “Sand-Glass” and the classical-jazz of “Schubert’s Code.” This is cerebral jazz with feeling, as Eckemoff’s subtle touches bring a deep feel to the sometimes classically avantgarde. ~Kyle O’Brien, Jazzscene

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Track 3: MAYBE

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Track 5: FIVE

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Forget-me-not mp3
1. Resurrection of a Dream Listen
2. Forget-me-not Listen
3. Maybe Listen
4. Sand-Glass Listen
5. Five Listen
6. Schubert's Code Listen
7. Quasi Sonata Listen
8. Seven Listen
9. Trapped in Time Listen
10. Welcome a New Day Listen