the vaulting trumpet supported by violin was one of the most compelling aspects of his ‘midwest' album, and this record sees that sublime instrumental combination developed even further.
The new violinist in Eick’s ensemble is Hakon Aase, one of the up-and-coming players of the new Norwegian scene, whom attentive ECM listeners will already know from his work with Thomas Stronen’s group. Eick is in great form as a writer on this showing, deploying driving rhythm at the bottom end of his music and soaring melody at the top in this series of pieces that add up to a kind of collective family portrait. Embodied in the music, with its strongly melodic themes and improvisational exchanges, are ideas of relationships, dialogues, longings, games - and journeys.
- For My Grandmothers