Rocco Stillo for Jazz News

Blooming Tall Phlox (L &H, 2016) is Yelena Eckemoff’s tenth album, recorded in september 2013. This 2CD set, studio performed by the pianist with Verneri Pohjola (trumpet and flugelhorn), Panu Savolainen (vibraphone), Antti Lotjonen (double bass) and Olavi Louhivuori (drums, percussion), was conceived, states the leader, with “the idea of writing music about smell for some time before I met with drummer Olavi Louhivuori in Finland… the best place to record an album about smells. I brought fifteen songs to the session, already named and designed to express certain smells. Writing the poetry came later, even though I nurtured my ideas along with the music”. The music merges her jazz approaches with mysterious and crepuscular sonorities.