Elegy – Theo Bleckmann
After appearing on two ECM albums (Meredith Monk and Julia Hülsmann), vocalist Theo Bleckmann makes his label debut as a leader with Elegy. This album showcases Bleckmann as a fascinating composer as much as a very distinctive singer, and combines the torrential talent of guitarist Ben Monder, pianist Shai Maestro, bassist Chris Tordini, and drummer John Hollenbeck, a long-time collaborator. A “sound painter” who creates what JazzTimes calls “luminous webs” in music, Bleckmann’s ECM foray is well worth a listen.
Notes by John Gilbreath