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 Title:               Tiebreaker

 By:                  Jeb Bishop; Harris Eisenstadt and Jason Roebke

 Released in:   2008

 Format:          CD

 Catalog No:    MW 789-2

 Price :             12 EUR


1. Round Two [06:43]

2. Jacket Weather / Double Dog / How Are You Dear / Northstar [38:48]

3. Mastetaker [05:48]

4. Piggly Wiggly [06:50]



Jeb Bishop - trombone

Harris Eisenstadt - drums

Jason Roebke - double bass




The crowd at this Krakow, Poland date probably thought they were applauding three Americans. Yet while astute trombonist Bishop and solid bassist Roebke are both Chicago-based, versatile drummer Eisenstadt is a Toronto native now in New York.

Bishop's gutsy slurs and growls lock in place so completely with Roebke's steady walking and Eisenstadt's rumbling, funky beats that other instruments aren't missed. While some tracks may be snappier, the key performance is the almost-39-minute medley that seamlessly links two of the trombonist's compositions, one by the drummer and another by the bassist. As the tunes flow into one another, Bishop's buzzing grace notes elongate into brays, strengthened by Eisenstadt's drags and rim shots. Moving to "Double Dog", the second tune, brass chromaticism turns to horn whistles and squeaks, until the drummer's cymbal embellishments signal the shift into his own "How Are You Dear". Bishop's lip burbles personalize the tender line, while adding vocalized tessitura. The bassist's "Northstar" brings out trombone snorts and tongue gymnastics, answered with fidgety arco sweeps and timed drum strokes. The four compositions fit together as effectively as the players improvise together.


(Ken Waxman, Jazzword)

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