MATS EILERTSEN

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - COR­MAC LARKIN

Ru­bi­con ★★★★ ECM Bassist Mats Eil­er­sten is a con­sum­mate “side man”, open­minded and mu­si­cally om­niv­o­rous. His sup­port­ing roles on the ECM la­bel have in­cluded record­ings with the Food Trio, gui­tarist Ja­cob Young, and pi­anist Tord Gus­tavsen. The Nor­we­gian’s de­but as leader for Man­fred Eicher’s la­bel sees him as­sem­ble his own dream team of side men, in­clud­ing sax­o­phon­ists Trygve Seim and Eirik Heg­dal, gui­tarist Robert Dahl, vi­bra­phon­ist Rob War­ing, pi­anist Har­men Fraanje, and drum­mer Olavi Louhivuori. Eilertsen’s writ­ing for this tal­ented septet draws on their vary­ing per­son­al­i­ties and dif­fer­ent tim­bral pos­si­bil­i­ties to cre­ate a suite of mu­sic that is less about in­di­vid­u­als (al­though there are fine solo con­tri­bu­tions from Seim, Heg­dal and Fraanje) and more about a loose­limbed, folk-in­flected en­sem­ble sound. prop­er­mu­sic.com

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