Album produced by Evan Parker and released on his PSI Rec. imprint in 2008.
Among biologists, the term "Xylobiont" means "living with / by / through wood" and hints at the organic qualities of this music, which is neither strict composition nor free improvisation. In part, it builds upon John Eckhardt's personal instrumental technique, which is informed by his frequent encounters with the music of Feldman, Ligeti or Xenakis as well as by his long lasting practice of improvisation. His approach is not an end in itself: he developed organic systems, whose focused observation, careful influencing and sensuous development form the substance of his contemplative music - an expedition into sounding forests and woodlands unknown.
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Eckhardt explores that space where sound and its organization show themselves to be a natural phenomenon, and taps into a whole world of moods beyond the one of human emotion.
Eckhardt's masterful and mesmerizing performances create a sense of total immersion in this deep-toned trip.
(All about jazz)
No written explanation will get you prepared for the tremendous incisiveness of Eckhardt's razor-sharp playing, which lays a hand on numerous facets of present-day creativity without losing an ounce of clear-headedness.
The sound quality of the instrument in the hands of John Eckhardt is striking.
John Eckhardt's performance is absolutely stunning.
Varied, competent and very well played. It is a pleasure to listen, always inviting, never brutish.
(Sound of Music)