Bruce Eisenbeil

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Krentz Ratings:
Nine Wings (1997), 5.5/10
Mural (1999), 5.5/10
Opium (2001), 5/10
Ashes (2001), 6/10
Particle Data Group (2001), 5.5/10
Keep the Meter Running (2003), 5/10
Carnival Skin (2006), 5/10
A Childless Fortune (2006), 5.5/10
Nixon is Dead? (2007), 5/10
Inner Constellation Volume One (2007), 6.5/10
Solar Forge (2008), 5.5/10
Shadow Machine (2009), 6.5/10*
Eke (2009), 5/10
Woodstock Quintet (2009), 5/10

New York-based guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil (1963) specializes in improvised music but also has a background in Mathematics, General relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Acoustics, Art History, Philosophy and Psychology.

His recordings include: Nine Wings (1997), a trio with reed player Rob Brown and drummer Lou Grassi, Mural (CIMP, 1999), another trio with just bass and drums, Opium (CIMP, 2001), a quartet with reed player Michael Attias and tromboninst David Taylor, Keep The Meter Running (Nine Winds, 2003), a trio, Carnival Skin (Nemu, 2006), a quintet with Perry Robinson on clarinets and Peter Evans on trumpets, Nixon is Dead? (Konnex, 2007), a quintet with Blaise Siwula and Mario Rechtern on saxophones.

His masterpiece might be Inner Constellation Volume One (Nemu, 2007), a work for six instruments featuring Jean Cook on violin, Nate Wooley on trumpet and Aaron Ali Shaikh on alto sax, inspired by Cecil Taylor's sextet recordings of the late 1970s.

Ashes (recorded in 2001, unreleased) was an experiment for a larger improvising group (including David Murray and Matt Maneri).

He also played with the Particle Data Group (2001), with Steve Swell on trombone and Gregg Bendian on vibes, the Deep End Ensemble, documented on A Childless Fortune (2006), a quartet with vibraphonist Ian Ash and reed player Edward Rollin, and Totem, a prog-rock trio documented on Solar Forge (ESP, 2008).

Eisenbeil joined forces with electronic improviser Tom Hamilton to record (live in the studio) the duets of Shadow Machine (Pogus, 2009).

Bruce Eisenbeil was also active in the trio Eke (2009) and in the Woodstock Quintet (2009), with soprano saxophonist Petras Vysniauskas and vibraphonist Karl Berger.

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