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I'm in love

by Eric Loffswold

A modern jazz multi-reed artist who combines tradition with innovation and heart.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I'm in love
7:38 album only
2. Fried Bananas
4:58 album only
3. April Rain
4:52 album only
4. Walking back home
3:35 album only
5. Tune Up
3:38 album only
6. Diaphones
7:41 album only
7. Until I see your eyes again
6:06 album only
8. Sambayo
4:19 album only
9. Sandu
5:35 album only


Album Notes
This debut recording by multi-reedman Eric Loffswold showcases his abilities as composer, arranger, leader and soloist.

On this impressive recording, Loffswold expertly combines the elements of swing, blues and latin influences and illustrates his mastery of the entire family of saxophones.

From the seldom heard saxello to a soaring alto, a hard swinging tenor and a gorgeously warm and expressive baritone, all are played with fiery passion and thoughtful elegance.

He uses the original and standard compositions featured here to take the listener on a lyrical journey into the very soul of jazz improvisation.

Eric is backed by a solid rhythm section that plays all styles equally well and provides a framework for interplay and spontaneity. Featuring Noriko Tomikawa (piano), Anthony Ventura (bass) and Michael Lauren (drums).

This is one new jazz release that any fan of great jazz combos will love!



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Denai M Burbank

What pleasant and sophisticated music presented here!
Featured Artist: Eric Loffswold

CD Title: I’m in Love

Year: 1999

Record Label: ELJAZ

Style: Contemporary Jazz

Musicians: Eric Loffswold (saxello, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones), Noriko Tomikawa (piano), Anthony Ventura (bass), Michael Lauren (drums)

Review: This CD gave me the same soothing feeling that Sonny Stitt did on many occasions.

The title track is relaxed and sassy with some swinging baritone work and clean piano. The quartet continues to cool you out in the Dexter Gordon composition "Fried Bananas." "April Rain" is absolutely beautiful and warm. The taste level and performances are top notch. Loffswold aims for the lower groove, which I prefer from any saxophonist. These tracks are simple, but not dry. It is love music, but appeals to the intellect as well.

With straight-ahead support from bassist Anthony Ventura and drummer Michael Lauren, there is such a "cooperative" sound. "Tune Up" seemed to be a Stitt favorite, and Loffswold gets into that sentiment like a pro. What’s nice is that it’s relatively slower than the Stitt/Patterson performance I heard. If you thought you were mellowed out before, wait for "Diaphones." The smoky baritone is back and of all the performances on tenor and alto, this is the most pensive. Anthony Ventura struts nicely on "Until I See Your Eyes Again," with its silky moves. Noriko Tomikawa should definitely record solo sessions, or at least as a leader. Her performances are too classy for words. She jumps into the Brazilian mode on "Sambayo," and goes all the way. This cut is the spirited, upbeat one that gives you a lift before the blue closer "Sandu."

What pleasant and sophisticated music presented here! If only we could enjoy this groove more often. "Soft" jazz and enthusiasts ought to hear the real thing, courtesy of Eric Loffswold and you’ll be in love, too. From the sound of this CD, he’s not here to be limited by labels. He delivered quality and solid performances. I’d love to hear him in the context of a smooth soul-jazz outing with some B-3 and smokin’ guitar in the future. Thanks for such a good ride!

Reviewed by: Denai M Burbank


Michael Gladstone

mostly originals played by a fluent and articulate group.
Eric Loffswold
I'm In Love
1999 Time: 48
Musicians: Eric Loffswold, saxello, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone; Noriko Tomikawa, piano; Anthony Ventura, bass; Michael Lauren, drums

Songs: I'm In Love, Fried Bananas, April Rain, Walking Back Home, Tune Up, Diaphones, Until I See Your Eyes Again, Sambayo, Sandu


I'm In Love is a self-produced effort by multi-reed artist Eric Loffswold for his ELJAZ Record label. It is a pleasure to hear this session of mostly originals played by a fluent and articulate group.

Loffswold's style, largely on bari, invites comparison with others of the modern era. On Clifford Brown's "Sandu", he is in Pepper Adams territory but lighter on the swagger and more pronounced on the melody. On the attractive ballad "Diaphones" there is more of a Gerry Mulligan influence. On the midtempo "Walking Back Home" and "Until I See Your Eyes Again", he takes a jaunty bari ride around the park.

Other efforts include Dexter Gordon's "Fried Bananas" and Miles Davis' early Fifties "Tune Up". The rhythm section provides sympathetic support throughout. This is a group that I would like to know more about and to see perform.