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Sam Yahel’s From Sun to Sun is a thoroughly enjoyable piano trio album. For years, Yahel was known for his Hammond B3 organ playing; he’s worked with artists such as Joshua Redman, Maceo Parker, and Bill Frisell. In 2009, he released Hometown, where he switched to piano and was accompanied by bassist Matt Penman and drummer Jochen Rueckert. Those two also appear here and they are a most simpatico rhythm section. Once again, Yahel focuses on the acoustic piano, but he also subtly employs organ on “After the Storm,” “Blink and Move On,” and the title track. Yahel’s original compositions are pleasingly melodic and the band has a great sense of groove. “2 Pilgrims” effortlessly combines hard swinging, splashy chords that evoke exotica, and more modernist touches. The delightful “Toy Balloon” has the light, airy quality that its title suggests, and “Git It” is a gospel-tinged workout that finds Rueckert effectively roughing things up with rattling drums. The album closes with the classical grace of “Prelude” and a post-bop take on Vernon Duke’s 1940 classic, “Taking a Chance on Love.”

Customer Reviews

Sam Yahel delivers again.

There's not a dud in these 13 pieces. Yahel is consistently entertaining, never self-indulgent like so many of his peers. Some mixed piano and organ shows off his dual talents. The rhythm section swings like crazy in the up-tempo offerings.

Jazz doesn't get much better than this.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A Hammond B-3 specialist, keyboardist Sam Yahel is a progressive musician with a bent toward mixing expansive post-bop and cerebral organ trio funk . Since moving to New York City in 1990, Yahel has performed and recorded with a wide array of name musicians, including trumpeter Ryan Kisor, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, guitarist Bill Frisell, saxophonist Joshua Redman, vocalist Madeleine Peyroux, funk legend Maceo Parker,...
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From Sun to Sun, Sam Yahel
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Aug 16, 2011

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