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A superior straight-ahead guitarist who can swing as hard as anyone, Roni Ben-Hur alternates jazz standards with some unusual material on Keepin' It Open, his fifth CD as a leader. Heading a sextet that also features fine solos from trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and pianist Ronnie Mathews, Ben-Hur explores an Israeli folk song ("Eshkolit"), the Spanish piece "Andaluza," "Recado Bossa Nova," and two of his originals in addition to three well-known pieces, Elmo Hope's "One Second Please" and Thelonious Monk's "Think of One." Everything works well and there is not a slow moment throughout this enjoyable outing. Recommended.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A bop-oriented guitarist, Roni Ben-Hur emigrated from Israel in 1985. Since that time he has hooked up with pianist Barry Harris (whose trio appears on his 1994 TCB CD Backyard), often utilized pianist Chris Anderson in his quartet, and married singer Amy London, with whom he recorded Two for the Road for the Fivecat label. In addition, Ben-Hur worked with Bill Doggett, George Kelly, Gene Bertoncini and...
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