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Ellery Eskelin

For the past thirty years Ellery Eskelin has been at the forefront of the global creative improvised music scene. Based in New York City, he has traveled widely performing, recording and amassing a very personal and iconoclastic body of work. And yet Ellery Eskelin has always remained deeply committed to the traditions of jazz and American music. Eskelin embodies this seeming contradiction with ease. He does not see jazz as a style or idiom but as a process. Further, a process of creative development that has great relevancy to our time. In this pursuit Eskelin consistently delivers to the listening public unadulterated, passionate music with no excuses and no apologies.

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“…he is a genuine master…with an original voice and command of the saxophone shaped by a legacy running from Coleman Hawkins to Evan Parker.” (The New York City Jazz Record, September 2016)

“…Eskelin’s rough-hewn tenor is one of modern jazz’s most readily identifiable sounds.” (Point of Departure, 2011)

“A major player in today's creative music” (Down Beat, September 1995)

“...a powerful soloist brimming with ideas and limitless imagination...” (Time Out London, May 2009)

“Ellery Eskelin, a rugged tenor saxophonist with a romantic streak that runs parallel to his experimental leanings…” (The New Yorker 2013)

“Eskelin's work is completely of the moment: a gorgeous, rocking, diffuse current of improvised sound that is unique even in the progressive jazz world.” Seattle Weekly, October 25, 2000

“Eskelin has long forged his own path.” (Point of Departure, 2011)

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Trio New York II

Prime Source Recordings


Trio New York

Prime Source Recordings

Quiet Music

Quiet Music

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