Rolf Thomas for Jazzthing

Russian pianist Yelena Eckemoff has now reached her quarterly release cycle with the album Desert. Amazing is not only the consistently high quality of her CD’s, but also the prominent contributors. This time Oregon oboist Paul McCandless, Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen and US veteran Peter Erskine are on the drums. Together they play eleven Eckemoff originals, which are characterized by beautiful, sometimes oriental melodies (therefore perhaps also the album title) and by virtuosic fluency.