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Album Review

Essential for strong believers in soprano-saxophone jazz, Sojourn is a fine album from Marty Ehrlich's Dark Woods Ensemble. It may not be incredibly dynamic, but these mature, mellow compositions flow from semi-reflective to plaintive ("The Secret of Light") to moderne. All of the musicians contribute substantially to the project's strength. Bassist Mark Helias pulls and plucks with an excellent round, warm tone; cellist Erik Friedlander effortlessly slides between the front and back of the mix; guest Marc Ribot adds fine soloing; and Ehrlich alternates between clarinet and soprano sax. A satisfying listen replete with themes, harmonies, closure, and interesting motion all around.


Born: 1955 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A versatile player, Marty Ehrlich has led stimulating sessions and has been a valuable sideman in several different situations. He first recorded with the Human Arts Ensemble in 1972, Ehrlich studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and in 1978 he moved to New York. Since then, he has worked with many top musicians, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Julius Hemphill, and Bobby Bradford (where he fills in for the late John Carter). Ehrlich has also...
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