WDEE-TV picks Individuation as a Top 25 CD of 2014

Critic Michael G. Nastos picked Individuation as one of the top 25 releases of 2014.  He discusses me and the recording on WDEE-TV (around the 15:30 mark) and plays a bit of "Prickly"; watch here.

December 9, 2014: Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange reviews Individuation

Individuation received a noteworthy review from Mark S. Tucker of Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange, who writes "[Eaton displays] both the lyricality and outside edginess Liebman has always been prized for".  

Fellow Destiny Records artist Brad Whiteley's amazing versatility gets a nod, as he writes, "Brad Whiteley also shines, and I'm damned if I can place his influences, as the guy changes up all the time, from seriality to jagged contours to flowing improv, even trotting out some Cageian prepared piano."

Jon Crowley is singled out for high praise, observing:

"What most strikes me, however, is the interplay between Eaton and trumpeter Crowley, who gets only three cuts in but is dynamite every time he pops up, maintaining a strikingly dynamic melodic tension/harmony with the sax, Me, But Not Myself, a killer example, [is] my favorite cut. The song goes on for 10-1/2 glorious minutes and would very much fit in the jazzier domains of the aforementioned prog world and its fusion offshoots."

Tucker finally cites the continuing richness of David Liebman's playing: "If recent CDs with him elsewhere haven't quite shown it fully...I don't know what the hell y'all are missing, but Dave's in extremely fine fettle, every micron as good as his decades earlier ECM work."

December 4, 2014: The Creative Sound on SoulandJazz.com features Alter Ego

Individuation received more radio play, this time from Dr. Brad Stone (fellow Indiana University alum), who featured "Alter Ego" on his program The Creative Source for SoulandJazz.com!  The Creative Source features new music and releases from progressive jazz and jazz fusion artists, and this week's show featured contemporary improvisers like Miguel Zenon, Jonathan Kreisberg, Holly Hoffmann, and Richard Galliano.

November 19, 2014: Acid Dragon Magazine reviews Individuation

Phil Jackson of Acid Dragon Magazine writes: "The sweetness of  Michael’s tenor and soprano saxophone playing is a joy to the ear with a rhythmic quirkiness that brought me back to the great Canterbury progressive jazz rock groups. Featured here are nine quality original compositions including a five part suite. Brad Whiteley’s telepathic piano playing roots the music along with some agile bass playing and rolling drums and his solo on ‘Guru’ is one of the best. And Michael has also played on Minkoff’s new interpretation of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’!!"

November 16, 2014: Interview and feature on The Jazz Hole, on BreaktThru Radio

Saxophonist and clarinetist Linus Wyrsch interviewed me and played some music from Individuation on his BreakThru Radio show, The Jazz Hole.  We discussed the making of the album, as well as working with Dave Liebman, my association with Destiny Records, the meaning of individuation, and more.

November 14 & 15: The Rite of Spring with Adam Minkoff


This past week concluded with recording Adam Minkoff's arrangement of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring for octet (alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, electric guitar, organ/keyboard, electric bass, and drumset). All in all, the process took about 16 hours, with more to go on organ, bass, guitar, and drums. Performing the Rite in May 2013 at Rockwood Music Hall was a peak musical experiences, and it opened up new musical vistas for me.

November 8, 2014: Ben Cisco's World of Music reviews Individuation

Individuation was praised by Ben Cisco's World of Music, which writes:

"Michael Eaton’s musical journey will be healing for those who ache for something outside the mainstream of contemporary jazz...Individuation is saxophonist and composer Michael Eaton’s first album as a band leader and it is indeed a gem...The collaboration results in some absorbing excursions into free improvisation and experimental music that should catch the ear and mind of many progressively-minded jazz fans...The sooner you listen to it, the better you’ll feel."

October 24, 2014: Midwest Record reviews Individuation

Midwest Record says about Individuation that it's "one of those auspicious debuts you want to get your mitts on now rather than later".

Individuation: The Video

Post-Cornelia Street


The crowd at Cornelia Street Cafe. A heartfelt THANKS to everyone who came out on October 14! You helped make this a peak artistic and personal experience for me.

Photo by Luis Ruiz (www.larufoto.com)

Michael Eaton on Destiny Records

My debut recording as a leader, Individuation, is now out on Destiny Records!  The album is available in digital and CD format (in a beautiful 6-panel digipack design), and it can be ordered and streamed in its entirety at the Destiny Records website. You can also purchase and listen through digital retailers like iTunes and Amazon.

The album features all my original compositions, with my working band: Brad Whiteley (piano), Daniel Ori (bass), and Shareef Taher (drums), plus friends Jon Crowley (trumpet) and Scott Colberg (bass), and a very special guest, master musician David Liebman (soprano and tenor saxophones).

For more information about my previous recording projects as a co-leader or sideman, visit my Music page.

Photo by Luis Ruiz, Larufoto.


Photo by Luiz Ruiz, Larufoto.


Preparing the piano for the title track, "Individuation". Photo by Luis Ruiz, Larufoto.

In September, Adam Minkoff and I co-wrote and recorded a track for East London Radio's funky new theme song (click on player above).  Lots of fun!

Feature article, LPS Insider

July 22, 2014: Liberty Public Schools, the school district of my alma mater, Liberty High School (in Liberty, Missouri) featured a story about my career and playing in the newest edition of their newsletter, LPS Insider.  Many thanks to David Boyce and both Cindy Svehla and Dallas Ackerman of Liberty Schools for the highlight.

Read: Living out a Dream

March 2014: Personal Mythologies EP

In March 2014, had the pleasure of recording the compositions of drummer/composer David Andrew Moore on his EP, Personal Mythologies.  The band is: David Andrew Moore (drums, compositions), Michael Eaton (tenor & soprano saxes), Sean McCluskey (keyboard), John Tate (bass), and Sofia Zaitseva (viola), with engineering by Sean Dixon.  The EP is for sale on DAM's ReverbNation page.

Personal Mythologies was reviewed by AllAboutJazz's Eyal Hareuveni, who says, "The four compositions in Personal Mythologies feature his quintet in a highly patient and respectful interplay, all based on the solid pulse of Moore, solidified by bassist John Tate and the busy electric keyboards of Sean McCluskey.  The sweet sax of Michael Eaton and the articulate viola of Sofia Zaitseva color the lyrical melodies in expressive shades."  

More about Personal Mythologies here.

Upcoming performances:


Michael Eaton Quartet

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The Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030


Michael Eaton - tenor and soprano saxes Brad Whiteley - piano Daniel Ori - bass Shareef Taher - drums + Dorian Wallace - keyboard + Jon Crowley - trumpet

Playing music from "Individuation" (Destiny Records) plus other original compositions.

suggested donation Age limit: All ages



Robert Ashley's Perfect Lives

Firehouse Space, 246 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211


Super excited to join Dorian Wallace, David Kulma, Lathan Hardy, and more musicians to perform Robert Ashley's "Perfect Lives" improvised opera.

Age limit: All ages



Dorian Wallace and the Free Sound Ahn-Somble

The Cell, 338 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011


The Free Sound Ahn-Somble performs music by 6 well known contemporary classical composers, commissioned by Dorian Wallace.

Sure to be a very special performance!



Michael Eaton Quartet

Jerry's, 1938 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622


Michael Eaton - tenor and soprano saxes Brad Whiteley - piano Daniel Ori - bass Shareef Taher - drums

Performing original music from "Individuation" (Destiny Records).

Suggested donation



Michael Eaton Quartet

Bear's Place, 1316 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401


Michael Eaton - tenor and soprano saxes Brad Whiteley - piano Daniel Ori - bass Shareef Taher - drums

Performing music from "Individuation" (Destiny Records).

Age limit: 21+



Michael Eaton Quartet

Hi Hat Club, 1920 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613


Michael Eaton - tenor and soprano saxes Brad Whiteley - piano Daniel Ori - bass Shareef Taher - drums

Performing music from "Individuation" (Destiny Records).

$10 Age limit: 21+



Triple Bill: Rite of Spring Octet + Brittany Anjou's BEWAA + Michael Eaton Quartet

Firehouse Space, 246 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211


I'm extremely pleased to announce a triple bill with three great ensembles: 1) The Rite of Spring Octet, Igor's Stravinsky arranged by Adam Minkoff, featuring: Adam Minkoff- electric bass Dan Brantigan - trumpet Michael Eaton - alto sax Matt Thomas - tenor sax Kevin Moehringer - trombone Nick Oddy - guitar Brad Whiteley - keyboard, organ Nick Anderson - drums 2) Brittany Anjou's BEWAA performs her original music inspired by Ghanaian xylophone music and jazz 3) Michael Eaton Quartet performs my original compositions inspired by modern jazz, Stravinsky, and classical minimalism



Brittany Anjou's BEWAA


Adam Minkoff's Vaalbara