featuring Harris Eisenstadt, drums and compositions, Tony Malaby, tenor and soprano saxophone, Jeb Bishop, trombone, Jason Roebke, bass, Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton, MA
Formed during Harris Eisenstadt’s September, 2015 residency at The Stone, Old Growth Forest released its first recording on Clean Feed in 2016. An old growth forest is one that has been left untouched, a place that has been allowed to follow its own natural course, without interruption.
“There’s a lot of variety in this recording, and a sense of unimpeded flow.” writes Derek Stone. “Like a forest with its myriad specimens, this album has parts that swing, parts that groove, parts that confound and parts that astound.”
“Poised as ever, Eisenstadt generates a rustling understory in which his rhythmic shifts and embellishments subtly prompt and push his colleagues,” writes John Sharpe. “Roebke presents a melodic but meaty presence in the middle level while Malaby and Bishop create a canopy not only full of overlapping forms, but also the gaps that permit illumination of what goes on beneath. Malaby’s unpredictable delivery and love of unconventional texture in particular keeps the ears pricked while Bishop’s garrulous yet honeyed trombone affords a fine foil.”
One of only a handful of drummers equally well known for his work as a composer, the Toronto native is among the most individual and prolific musicians of his generation. His eclectic resume includes studies with some of the most respected names in jazz and improvised music, West African and Cuban drumming, and performances in genres ranging from film and theater to poetry and dance to contemporary classical and opera.
Most active in jazz and improvised music, Eisenstadt has performed all over the globe, been awarded grants from organizations such as Meet The Composer, American Composers Forum, Canada Council for the Arts, and appeared on more than 60 recordings since 2000, including seventeen as a leader.