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Truly amazing, diverse program

For this record, star bassist Omer Avital surrounds himself with 4 of the most influential and individual Gotham musicians of his generation - trumpeter Avishai Cohen, tenor and soprano saxophonist Joel Frahm, pianist Jason Lindner, and drummer Jonathan Blake. As individuals, they have performed with acts as diverse as Brad Mehldau, Bobby Hutcherson's SFJAZZ Collective, Me'shell Ndegeocello, McCoy Tyner, Lee Konitz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chick Corea, Lauryn Hill, Elvin Jones, John Scofield, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Together they provide a reflexive foil for the rooted, yet explorative rnb-worldbeat-freebop-jazz envisioned by Avital. The program takes the listener from straight ahead, to gospel, to free improvisation, to wholly rubato solo sections. The leader shows his diversity of influence on tracks like "(Just Some) Small Time S**t", which smacks of indie rock, as well as "D Bass", on which his solo introduction is reminiscent of the Gnawa music of Northwestern Africa. And he kills all of it! Truly a rare find.

All Encompassingly Awesome!

This is everything jazz should be; inventive, charged, exciting, but rooted in tradition. Avital's Quintet manages to blend countless strains of jazz holistically, and the result is glorious. From emotive bass solos, to bop whirlwinds, to ecclesiastical rave ups, to a masterful one note solo by Avishai Cohen on "(Just Some) Small Time Shiite", this album has it all. Just buy it already!


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Bassist Omer Avital was born in the small Israeli town of Givataim where his formal training began at age 11 when he entered the Givataim Conservatory to study classical guitar. He grew up in Tel Aviv, in a Moroccan-Yemenite family, where evidence of his Middle Eastern and Spanish influences came together with jazz and blues. While enrolled at the Talma Yalin, Israel's leading arts high school, he switched his focus to the acoustic bass, was the leader of the jazz ensemble, and wrote all the arrangements....
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Blues
  • Released: Oct 21, 2010

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