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Downbeat Editor's pick may 2012

BY BOBBY REED

Omer Avital, Suite Of The East (Anzic)
There are no vocals on bassist Omer Avital’s Suite Of The East, but if you listen closely, you can occasionally hear a member of his quintet make an exclamation of encouragement—or perhaps joy. That’s the sound of musicians having fun. All the compositions here were written by Avital, and they were the result of two fruitful experiences. The first was a three-year stay in Israel, where he composed music with Middle Eastern and North African themes. The second was a monthlong residency at New York venue Smalls in spring 2006, where Avital performed with trumpeter Avishai Cohen, saxophonist Joel Frahm, pianist Omer Klein and drummer Daniel Freedman. Immediately following the residency, the quintet convened in a penthouse studio to record this hour-plus program, all in one room, all in one day. Six years later, this CD has arrived. “Song For Peace” is illustrative of the exciting, empathetic interplay that these musicians developed. This 15-minute track is bookended with uplifting, muscular expressions from Cohen and Frahm, who dart and weave around each other, responding and commenting, before launching into a celebratory unison section. Between those bookends, Klein swings with impressive ferocity. (If this tune were playing in a jogger’s ear buds, she or he could run an extra mile with a nod and a smile.) Four of the seven tracks here surpass the 9-minute mark, as the musicians embark on the type of journey best made with trustworthy, skillful bandmates. The rousing “Free Forever” has portions that are anthemic, chaotic, spare and peaceful. For the listener, this unpredictability, the shifting dynamics, and a sense of “What’s gonna happen next?” add to the excitement of hearing this agile quintet gallop. Avital concludes the album with his solo piece “Bass Meditation,” which is subtitled “On The Possibility For Peace In The Middle East”—a reflection of how his travels have affected his compositions.

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Biography

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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  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Apr 26, 2012

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