By: Troy Dostert, All About Jazz
A saxophonist and composer with uncommon ambition, Michael Eaton seems to recognize no limits whatsoever on his craft. He’s played in virtually every style imaginable: free improvisation, Latin jazz, post-bop, classical, reggae and rock, just to scratch the surface—and he keeps company with a cross-section of today’s cutting-edge players, including James Brandon Lewis, Michael Attias and Jonathan Finlayson, all of whom appeared in a much-feted concert he put together with Adam Minkoff in 2015 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of John Coltrane‘s Ascension (Impulse, 1965). That was followed soon after by ‘Til the End My Dear, a recording he and Minkoff coordinated of a number of works by Stravinsky, performed by a Frank Zappa-esque octet (Vaalbara Records, 2018). Although it’s just his second release as a leader, Eaton’s latest, Dialogical, continues his quest to cover as much ground as possible in his music.
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