Eklund hammers home his credentials as a player and a composer emphatically.
Coin Flip is New York-based trumpeter Nathan Eklund's fourth release as a leader and his debut on OA2 Records. Eklund, along with fellow NYC mainstays saxophonist Craig Yaremko, Steve Myerson on fender rhodes, bassist Kellen Harrison and drummer Shawn Baltazor, navigates an eclectic program of nine new original compositions. Rooted in a modern, cohesive group aesthetic, Coin Flip displays a band enjoying their collaborative growth and a leader who's varied musical interests have melded into a distinct musical voice.
1 Rooicka's Castle 6:38
2 Professor Dissendadt 7:55
3 The Supernatural 7:12
4 Triple Shot Espresso 4:56
5 Happy's Sadness 8:22
6 Front Lawn 11:27
7 Coin Flip 6:37
8 One Year Ago Today 6:34
9 Chim's Paradise 5:18
Produced by Nathan Eklund
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Paul Wickliffe
Recorded November 6, 2009 at
Charlestown Road Studios, Hampton, NJ
Mixed & mastered at Skyline Productions, Warren, NJ
Band photograph by Mia Berg
Back cover photograph by Jeff Amurao
Cover design by John Bishop
All About Jazz (John Barron)
NewYork-based trumpeter/composer Nathan Eklund assembles a fiery, swinging quintet for Coin Flip, his fourth release as a leader and first for Seattle's OA2 Records. The nine track disc is as much a showcase for Eklund's convincing abilities as a composer and arranger as it is for his dynamic trumpet playing. Eklund demonstrates an immense trump ...
Jazz Chicago (Brad Walseth)
Trumpeter Nathan Eklund is back with his fourth release as a leader on Coin Flip another strong effort full of solid playing and swinging and melodic original compositions. He is reunited with saxophonist Craig Yaremko and joined by Fender Rhodes player Steve Myerson, bassist Kellen Harrison and drummer Shawn Baltazor. The music's somewhat retro fe ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
As Nathan Eklund rolls through a set of original compositions with a strong band from the New York scene, the trumpeter's fourth album does a fine job of melding eras of jazz. While the compositions are all new, the playing suggests two time periods simultaneously ? the focus on technique of contemporary instrumental jazz, and the virtuosity and po ...
Jazz Times (Bill Milkowski)
Trumpeter-composer Nathan Eklund forges great frontline chemistry with tenor saxophonist Craig Yaremko on his fourth outing as a leader. Joined by Steve Myerson on Fender Rhodes, Kellen Harrison on bass and Shawn Baltazor on drums, the pair navigated with relative ease through challenging time-shifting Eklund originals like "Rooicka's Castle," "Pr ...
100 Greatest Jazz Albums (Ken Watkins)
Nathan Eklund Group's fourth album and debut for OA2 records features nine originals based on Nathgan Eklund compositions. Yet, as explained on their website: 'Although there is form and structure to every composition, the music is intended to give a great deal of interpretive responsibility and freedom to each member of the group. Through this ...