An Israeli singer (a cantor as well as a modern musician) based in Berlin has released his first jazz album titled The IsReal Book: The Real Book of Israeli Songs, proving language is no barrier when it comes to a theme, a vibe, a melody and some kick-ass rhythms. Leader and singer/songwriter Assaf Levitin’s perspective... Continue Reading →
The Guitar as Painter’s Brush: “Portrait” with Tal Arditi
With a delicate touch, the first track of Tal Arditi’s debut album establishes the camaraderie between the ensemble who are really a few friends making music together. Arditi’s guitar sweetly rings out, the bass echoes the foundation of the tune and the drums keep or halt the movement depending on what mood is called for... Continue Reading →
Rising to Mountaintops – Jazz Talk with Elon Turgeman
The twin opening chords of “It Plays By Itself” establishes the groove and funk that Israeli guitar master Elon Turgeman is known for. With vibrant color reminiscent of chimes and an uplifting, echo chamber-like quality, the song drives to his first sassy solo; and Elon is quite the technician. Brilliant drum work by Adam Nussbaum... Continue Reading →
Negative Space As A Musical Device
Tal Cohen peers so deeply into the piano keys when he plays that you fear he might fall in. He’s listening to how the notes ring out, and just as intently, plays the pauses and negative spaces. “The Gentle Giant” is a thoughtful piece, delicately utilizing the full length of the instrument. In the more... Continue Reading →
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