One way of describing Rachel Eckroth is like a musical chameleon, given her striking mastery of many styles. But her shapeshifter appeal is so surprisingly dramatic that it’s impossible to categorize her as a musical specimen.
I don’t think even Eckroth knows what his true musical identity is at some point. That she accompanies on the keys of the stars like St. Vincent or Rufus Wainwright; or produce dream pop for singer Sy Smith; or sing folk songs with guitarist David Garza; or tear up a jazz standard as a talented piano improviser.
Perhaps his greatest musical gift is as a composer and arranger. Anyway, all his modes of expression can be found in his latest album, The garden, which she can only qualify as “crazy jazz”. It features some of jazz’s worst experimenters, two closely related to late rock star David Bowie, including saxophonist Donny McCaslin and bassist Tim Lefebvre. The combo is completed by Andrew Krasilnikov (saxophone) and Austin White (modular synth).
The Checkout highlights the artist in all her glory as she takes us on her ever-evolving musical journey. Watch Rachel Eckroth and Tim Lefebvre perform “Words Don’t Mean” as part of our Alone Together Duets series, in partnership with Jazz Night In America.