ZRussian-born pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff is known for blending Russian romanticism with the American jazz tradition. Nocturnal Animals is the latest in a long line of spellbinding concept albums that have rightly been defined as sonic portrait galleries. This latest double-LP, released via her own L&H Production imprint, offers 14 of her impressions of the world of the creatures of the night. The music of Nocturnal Animals was recorded in April 2018 in Oslo, Norway, and features three of that country’s most acclaimed jazz musicians: Jon Christensen and Thomas Stronen on drums and percussion, and Arild Andersen on double bass.