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Long Goodbye

by Esthema

Progressive Instrumental Ensemble fusing elements of Progressive Rock and Jazz Fusion with the sounds of the traditional music of Greece, Turkey, and the Near & Middle East.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Three Sides To Every Story, Pt. I
2:01 $1.29
2. Three Sides To Every Story, Pt. II
8:21 $1.29
3. Three Sides To Every Story, Pt. III
3:19 $1.29
4. Fire and Shadow
6:48 $1.29
5. Reflections From The Past
9:06 $1.29
6. Without A Moment's Notice
9:22 $1.29
7. Reminiscence
4:22 $1.29
8. Long Goodbye
11:41 $1.29
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Album Notes
Esthema “plays at a truly world-class level, with authenticity, aplomb, and exuberance” writes Barry Cleveland in the April 2010 issue of Guitar Player Magazine about Esthema’s sophomore release, the Hereness and Nowness of Things. An instrumental fusion ensemble hailing from Boston, MA (USA), Esthema has been creating their unique sound since 2006 by fusing the sounds of Jazz/Fusion and Progressive Rock with the sounds of the traditional music of the Balkan region and the Near & Middle East. The musicians that shape the sound of Esthema bring together both Western and Eastern influences, instruments, and concepts creating a musical tapestry that transcends genres and cultures.

Esthema’s first CD, Apart From The Rest featuring Andy Milas (acoustic guitar), Onur Dilisen (violin), Tery Lemanis (bouzouki & oud), Jack Mason (bass) and Carl Sorensen (drums & percussion) released July 2007 was voted as one of the Top 25 independent recordings of 2008 at and in 2009, alongside artists like the Gipsy Kings and Arvo Pärt compositions from the CD were chosen and featured at the critically acclaimed Waterfire Providence in Providence, Rhode Island. Joel Simches from Boston’s Noise Magazine stated, “this recording is nothing less than a true celebration of a number of different styles of world beat, jazz, rock, ethnic European and Middle Eastern traditional music” and John Collinge from Progression Magazine called it “a seamless blend of Eastern and Western motifs: Ethnic scales and meters intertwine delightfully with jazz-rock drums and bass beneath jazzy improv and winding melodies.”

In 2009, Esthema released their second CD, the Hereness and Nowness of Things featuring Andy Milas (acoustic and electric guitars), Onur Dilisen (violin), Tery Lemanis (bouzouki & oud), Ignacio Long (bass) and Bruno Esrubilsky (drums & percussion) with guests Robin Ryczek (cello) and Karim Georges (doumbek). With their second release Esthema once again blurred the boundaries between Eastern and Western music. Janie Franz for Skope Magazine writes that “these two recordings have already marked them as maestros of their instruments and as masters of world fusion like no one has ever done before” and that “Listening to their work is like hearing and feeling the heartbeat of the planet.” Lily Emeralde and Emma Dyllan of Phosphorescence Magazine call it “a world-class collaboration of the highest order” and that “once again, Esthema dazzles.”

Since the release of the Hereness and Nowness of Things, Esthema has been in the weekly Top 20 at Latch Fusion Radio alongside Fusion greats like Herbie Hancock, Return to Forever, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, they have been nominated and won the Top 25 of 2011 Award at and their composition “Eastern Dance” went to number 4 on the Instrumental Charts at Compositions from the Hereness and Nowness of Things can be heard on radio programs and stations throughout the United States and Europe and on September 20, 2010 the International Association of Independent Recording Artists (“IAIRA”) certified Esthema’s “Eastern Dance” as an International Top 10.

With the departure of Bruno Esrubilsky (drums), Tery Lemanis (oud & bouzouki) and Ignacio Long (bass), Esthema welcomed Cyprian born percussionist/drummer George Lernis, Palestinian born cellist Naseem Alatrash, and US natives Tom Martin on bass and Mac Ritchey on bouzouki and oud (acoustic & electric).

The sextet released Long Goodbye on June 3, 2014.



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The compositions and arrangements are so well done it's something that really ne
Esthema have released their 3rd CD entitled Long Goodbye. This instrumental release includes the following musicians and instrumentation: Mac Ritchey (oud and bouzouki), Andy Milas (guitar), George Lernis (drums & percussion), Naseem Alatrash (cello), Onur Dilisen (violin), and Tom Martin (bass).

I did something I try to not do before writing a review; read the press release info. The phrase "world fusion ensemble" is used. The term "world music" may send some people running away or may bring them closer; it's kind of loaded. In this case, that term alludes to choices of instrumentation, scales, and rhythm. Upon first listen I imagined progressive metal without distorted guitar or keyboards because there are some unusual time signatures, tempo changes, and multi-part compositions - all frequent components of progressive metal. With a second listen I noticed classical-sounding symphonic arrangements and melodies. There are "fusion" moments where a solo is traded between different instruments within a piece which is a jazz component.

There are many strong melodies on Long Goodbye and all I could think of to describe these is the word "emotional." They are sweet, heart-felt, almost romantic - emotional. The compositions and arrangements are so well done it's something that really needs to be heard; once you hear I know you'll understand.

The fact that I personally can't really discern between an oud and a bouzouki doesn't dull the experience. The interplay between violin, cello, oud/bouzouki provides a warm, encompassing feel; symphonic in the way Yes and Genesis are described as "symphonic progressive rock." The mixing is almost perfect; you can hear the rolls on the ride cymbal and the thickness of the bass and everything in-between. I actually dialed down the bass when I was listening to this in my car in order to hear more of the other instruments.

"Fire and Shadow" contains one example of the lush, emotional harmonies brought together by the cello, violin and oud/bouzouki. "Reflections From the Past" contains musical influences brought to the band from the backgrounds of the band members; Cyprus, Palestine, Turkey, etc…

"Without A Moment's Notice" features some of the greatest rhythmic challenges on Long Goodbye, and the "progressive rock" influence is obvious and welcome. The ensemble playing on this track makes it one of the best of the CD. The opening trio "Three Sides to Every Story" is a great way to begin as the exotic melodic line in Part I which is repeated in Part III sets the tone for what is yet to come.

Long Goodbye could be played at a cocktail party, on your headphones, or anywhere in between. Multiple listens yield multiple experiences as there is plenty to digest but not laboriously so. This is a terrific CD by extremely talented musicians and the compositions are deep and wide with awesome performances.

-Ryan Good, Sea of Tranquility (


I am in awe of these musicians and their talent and am enraptured by how they’ve
This is not a recording I would normally seek out and that’s why it’s an extra treat for me that Esthema’s Long Goodbye was assigned to me… With their exquisite fusion of Balkan, Near/Middle Eastern with jazz, prog, classical, I feel like their music takes me into faraway, exotic lands. Along with the gorgeous instrumental cultural/world music meldings, each of Esthema’s song evokes emotions through their stunning and intricate arrangements. Though the CD info includes a description of what these eight tracks mean, I wouldn’t have to read it to ascertain what the story is for each—that’s how expressive it is, that’s how you do it—wordlessly conveying the meaning of a song or just bringing out those feelings in the listener. I am in awe of these musicians and their talent and am enraptured by how they’ve composed their songs. The instruments featured in this sextet’s music include the cello, violin, bass, guitar, drums, and percussion, oud, and bouzouki. Standouts: “Three Sides to Every Story, Part II”—love how it seamlessly evolves the genres; beautiful integration of styles; “Fire and Shadow”—cool and alluring; “Reflections From the Past”—wonderful strings and another emotionally evolving song; and the elegant “Long Goodbye.”
- Debbie Catalano, The Noise - Boston (