Colors covers a wide range of moods and styles, a mode of operation that can reveal weaknesses in a thematic cohesion. That Eckemoff and Kache avoid this potential hazard over a fourteen song, near-eighty minute set is remarkable. One of Yelena Eckemoff’s finest recordings.
As with all the works of this pianist, you keep listening to the record until the end being fascinated by her way of making music: between improvisation and composition, classical and jazz, without resembling a crossover project at all! A great record, which has all the qualities to remain among the best things of the current year.
…This unanticipated surprise of an album: gorgeous piano and nuanced composition meets equally gorgeous and nuanced drumming, care of two of the more extraordinary artists on the planet!.. Ms. Eckemoff and Mr. Katché listen so closely, and interact with such exquisite sensitivity, that it becomes difficult to even separate them from one another – theirs is an intimacy rarely experienced in any art form… This music serves as meditative backdrop, if one so desires; it is equally deserving of microscopic attention, insofar as two such stellar talents provide respectively an album-length set of in-depth master lessons in musical dynamics, technical acumen, and intensely in-sync interplay… So…prepare yourself for some serious pleasure with an unprecedented album of piano/drum duets that are guaranteed to be timeless.
The artists create an ideal team that drives each other. Katché not only follows the Eckemoff’s keyboard and creates an atmosphere around the piano, but often seems to harmonious and melodic. His charisma and enthusiasm, felt in his playing, perfectly harmonizes with the impressionistic, full of musical poetics style of the pianist. “Colors” is 80 minutes of beautiful and deep music. It is also another proof of Yelena Eckemoff’s unlimited ability in terms of sound creations.