ETA as in a Los Angeles bar - the letters standing for the Enfield Tennis Academy. The bar is a homage to David Foster Wallace. Live album of the year? Yes, up there in drastically more casual but no less serious circumstances along with the Wayne Shorter Detroit album referred to here and the spectacular upcoming Soweto LSO epic White Juju. Tortoise guitar genius Jeff Parker is here with Suite For Max Brown saxophonist Josh Johnson, bassist Anna Butterss and drummer Jay Bellerose who was on Solomon Burke late period masterpiece Don't Give Up On Me.
Drill into Van Morrison's 'Fast Train' for Bellerose's stellar touch on the Burke album. Here not so much by contrast but in a parallel universe Bellerose who is very important on Mondays at The Enfield Tennis Academy is in hypnotic listening mode touching the kit when it makes elemental sense, not minimalist at all, just necessary even Gadd-like in the overall gravity of time and role. Parker's playing wisdom is profound, the timing and subtlety exquisite as is his scalar resource. The complete recordings made at the ETA add up to 10 hours apparently. More please.