Reviews that mention Marco Eneidi

October 6, 2015

Marco Eneidi Steamin’ 4

Panta Rei
ForTune 0047 034

François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur


NotTwo MW 928-2

Matthew Shipp/Mat Walerian Duo

The Uppercut- Live at Okuden

ESP-Disk 5007

Ocean Fanfare

Imagine Sounds Imagine Silences

Barefoot Records BFREC O40

P.U.R. Collective

Nichi Nichi Kore Ko Nichi

ForTune 0056 (006)

Something In The Air: Skilful Eastern European Musicians are No Polish Joke MORE

March 5, 2013

Vinny Golia/Marco Eneidi/Lisa Mezzacappa/Vijay Anderson

Hell-Bent in the Pacific
No Business Records NBCD 49

By Ken Waxman

Both a reunion and a new configuration, the galloping interaction which makes up Hell-Bent in the Pacific unites alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi, who now lives in Austria, with his West Coast rhythm section plus added impetus from Los Angeles-based Vinny Golia’s many reeds.

Golia’s wide-ranging gigs have frequently put him in contact with bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and drummer Vijay Anderson, two of the Bay area’s busiest players, so that his contributions are inspired not alienating. Meanwhile Eneidi, a Californian who has been in Vienna since 2004, easily locks into a groove with the bassist and drummer. Crucially as well, his empathy with Golia is such that when the Angelo concentrates on tenor the result recalls the memorable two-horn partnership Eneidi had in the ‘90s with the late Glenn Spearman (1947-1998). MORE

October 15, 2005

Sound On Survival

Henceforth Records 101

Overstuffed with searing improvisations, this live disc confirms that unadorned Energy music still thrives, and that geography is becoming increasingly musically irrelevant.

Built around a magnificent, almost-40-minute performance, recorded in and titled “Philadelphia”, the Sound on Survival (SOS) trio also lets loose on three other tracks, captured in Amherst, Mass. However two of the band members are Canadians who now live in the Bay area – drummer Peter Valsamis is a former Montrealer, while Vancouver native Lisle Ellis, is bassist of choice for a variety of left coast ensembles. SOS’ guiding force is long-time Bay area alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi who has since relocated to Germany. MORE

January 10, 2005


Live at the Spruce Street Forum
Botticelli 1015

Marco Eneidi is a brave musician.

When it comes to improvising, the diminutive, Bay area alto saxophonist will match his skills against anyone’s. Which is why LIVE AT THE SPRUCE STREET FORUM is such an explosive document. The five longish tracks feature Eneidi facing off with a reedman universally acknowledged since the 1960s as one of the most ferocious on his instruments: German saxist and clarinetist Peter Brötzmann.

Aided and abetted by Vancouver-born, California-based bassist Lisle Ellis and New York drummer Jackson Krall and recorded in San Diego, the CD is a caterwauling yawp of a session. It proves how in the right circumstances it only takes four committed improvisers to make enough characteristic sounds to create their own version of John Coltrane’s ASCENSION, which featured 11 musicians or Brötzmann’s MACHINE GUN which featured eight. MORE

January 10, 2005


Shadow Intersections West
Cadence Jazz CJR 1160

Leo Records LR 399

Trios made up of an alto saxophonist, a percussionist and a cellist are the points of comparison between these two sessions. Yet despite the similarities each is different in execution, if not conception.

Nominally under the leadership of veteran Washington, D.C.-based percussionist Paul Murphy, who made his name played with the late saxophonists Jimmy Lyons and Glenn Spearman, the first CD features nine instant compositions with considerable input from the other players. They’re Bay area alto man Marco Eneidi, another close Spearman associate, and cellist Kash Killion, who at one point was in Sun Ra’s Arkestra. Improvisational to the max, the only criticism that can be leveled at the performance is that most tunes merely stop, without really reaching a climax or conclusion. MORE

March 22, 2000


Free Worlds
(Black Saint 120207-2)

Let us now praise unjustly "unfamous" men.

Case in point: tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman, an emotional, gut-wrenching free blower if there ever was one, who died of colon cancer in October 1998 at the age of 51.

Spearman was a take-no-prisoners blower in the lineage of Ayler, Coleman and Coltrane. A member of one of Cecil Taylor's group, he taught at Mills College in the Bay Area and recorded in a variety of settings, most memorably with his own Double Trio (for Tzadik and Black Saint).