Nathan Eklund Group

Coin Flip

by Jason Cook

22 September 2010

 
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Nathan Eklund Group

Coin Flip

(OA2 Records)
US: 15 Jun 2010
UK: Import

Nathan Eklund obviously knows his jazz. His compositions are sometimes long and mostly snazzy. They’re fluttery trumpet runs, like Miles’ “Straight, No Chaser” for the Starbucks crowd, and the arrangements and musicianship are strong on Coin Flip.  The titular song is a slow, cheerful elevator ride with interesting drumming by Shawn Baltazor. Elsewhere on the album, Eklund’s writing is Rhodes-heavy with a downtown lilt. “Front Lawn” is an eleven minute percussive work that would translate fantastically to a live setting. Coin Flip paints a good scene; it’s good jazz born of a good composer, and as such, it should be well-received.

Coin Flip

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