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Pianist Yelena Eckemoff has band it a point to think and compose outside the box. In fact, I am sure there is no box, only Echemoff’s free expression as fusion between the musical and temporal worlds to achieve a spiritual one. Nocturnal Animals focuses on the living existence of animals that live by night. Eckemoff employs a standard jazz piano trio augmented with an additional drummer (Jon Christensen and Thomas Thomas Stronen). Tactile and timeworthy, the drums provide the time and tempo of life, from quiet rumination to frenetic scurrying, it does not take to much imagination to hear the life in the percussion. That leaves the pianist with bassist Arild Andersen with whom she share much creative empathy. Listen and imagine the lives of the bat, fox, and walkingstick defined through music.