Shingo Tanimoto for Tower Records

Title: Moscow-born, U.S.-based pianist/composer makes gentle, generous 2-CD set with New York side of the family

Yelena Eckemoff is a Moscow-born American pianist and composer. Her releases on her own label are always of high quality, and the members who participate in them are wonderful, giving them a unique appeal. The previous album was a collaboration with Scandinavian players, and this new two-disc set features Ralph Alessi, Adam Rogers, and others from New York. The music is beautifully spun while effectively incorporating classical expressions. While sandwiching developments and transcendental performances that will make you feel surprised, the album gently and generously wraps you in its embrace.

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