I love Yelena’s new album “Adventures of the Wildflower” – a beautiful work with poetic stories, illustrations, design, and so much love and thought with every note she plays. Her piano playing technique is outstanding with the pianist left hand roaming the keys with exceptional skill, distinctive changes, and the right hand skipping out into the unknown with joyous affect. Her orchestration is unique, very clever, never a cliche. I love all her arrangements which blend together the vibes and piano and subtle effects used by Theremin, Glass harp and Guitar. All the band members are highly skilled virtuosic jazz musicians weaving together with love in the making of this album, the sound quality is superb. Yelena creates wonderful music, stories and paintings taking us on a journey through the seasons of everyday life, nature, family, all creatures great and small, with all her close observations to inspire, a true prolific jazz musician and composer….I feel enlightened.
Yelena Eckemoff’s latest masterwork
First full listen, loaded with playful and engaging energy, nice surprises, can’t wait for what comes next, and two cd’s overflowing with unique compositions and inspired and intuitive performances by Yelena and a fine cast of Finnish artists, a unique mix of piano, guitar, saxophones, vibraphone, double bass, and drums. Great release, thank you Yelena!
Gorgeous new album from the wonderful Yelena Eckemoff… accessible yet formally innovative, meticulously through-composed while leaving room for improvisation, employing a unique melange of instrumentation including theremin and glass harp, her enchanting music is in a class by itself… Thank you, Yelena Eckemoff, for the music… I’ve been listening to this album all day — beautiful work…