Robert Elkjer | Clean Lines

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Clean Lines

by Robert Elkjer

Contemplative jazz. Refresh the spirit, focus the mind.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Train of Thought
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2. Tea and Rain
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3. Round Midnight
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4. Journey With a Friend
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5. Parade of Westies
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6. Angularity
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7. April Showers
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8. Hookey
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9. Long Day's End
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10. Tappan Snap
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11. Big Rock Ridge
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Clean Lines. . . . . refresh the spirit/focus the mind.

"Clean Lines" is:

-contemplative jazz
-colorful...yet quiet
-vivid...but with a New Age clarity
-an 'excited whisper'

"Clean Lines" will fill your space with intricate melodies, warm harmonies. But it will never overwhelm. "Clean Lines" is your accompaniment.

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"I missed my freeway exit twice, listening to this wonderful CD."
- Michael Moskowitz, Mill Valley CA

"Quite beautiful. In line with jazz albums I adore."
-Laura Legant, Providence, RI

"Moves from complexity to simplicity with seamless brilliance."
-Daniel Nichols, Sonoma CA

"Thoughtful, striking......like 'cool jazz' or 'new age jazz'.
-R. Dev, San Rafael CA

"Many moods, but it always stays within a zone. It's a great companion."
-Barbara Steele, Ashland OR

"Tea and Rain" is reminiscent of Keith Jarrett. "Parade of Westies" is a delight. A beautiful record."
-Kim Bromley, San Rafael CA

"Each tune' is clear, focused, arresting."
-Thom Elkjer, Boonville CA

"A nice, light touch. And incredibly clear. It's hard to find music like this."
-Peter Schmitz, San Francisco

"Love 'Clean Lines'--it's calming, sophisticated, jazzy, unique."
-Susan Granen, San Rafael CA

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Robert elkjer, a composer living in San Rafael, California, is also well known in the brass world. His music has been performed and recorded by Doc Severinsen, Joseph Alessi, the Buddy Rich Orchestra, Summit Brass, the Bay Brass, the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, and many others.

Elkjer, an avid hiker, draws inspiration from the beautiful hills of Marin County, where he has lived since graduation from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1980. One listener has said that "listening to 'Clean Lines' is like drinking clean, cold water from a mountain stream, or waking up to a crisp clear morning overlooking San Francisco Bay".

Elkjer spent seven years mastering his own digital recordings of musical instruments and sounds. The high quality of these samples is evident in 'Clean Lines', which was recorded by Elkjer himself, and is completely digital from start to finish.

To hear more of Robert Elkjer's music, visit his website at www.robertelkjer.com


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Osha Reader

The composer's soul shines through this brilliant collection.
Bright and playful, sensitive and reflective, the composer's soul shines through this brilliant and varied collection.

Polly Burnell

Worthy of sitting on my shelves with Art Lande, Chick Corea, Eliane Elias and Mi
I've been pulling out the best of my old ECM vinyl over the years; Crystal Silence, Staircase, Shift in the Wind, etc., wishing that an artist would come along who gets it....quiet, soulful music that isn't watered-down emotionally. What a joy to discover this gorgeous, sophisticated CD that dances from joy to bittersweet so seamlessly, and skillfully. I've listened to it over and over and have been rewarded with nuances, new gems embedded in those Clean Lines....Hope to hear more from this artist.

Tamara Turner, CD Baby


A stunning and surprising blending of jazz, classical, pop and new age, the music of Robert Elkjer also calls to mind a film soundtrack in the rich instrumentation, color and imagination. Right when you think you have narrowed down his style and can anticipate the next move, he catches you off guard with a genre twist, a textural shift or a compositional gesture that leaves you intently curious all over again. Though he draws from such influences such as Keith Jarret, George Winston and Art Lande, his style hovers mostly above jazz and yet, there are entire worlds inside the nuances he hints at and alludes to with his broadly fluent musical vocabulary that one can't be quite comfortable just calling this by one name. Bravo.