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Album Review

Peel marks the recording debut of Anat Fort, a fine Israeli-born jazz pianist. Her program mixes up solo pieces, trios with bassist Andreas Henze and drummer Heinrich Köbberling, and quartets adding tenor saxophonist Aaron Stewart. Guitarist Dan Nadel comes on board for the penultimate track, an extended piece called "Light Suite," but his presence weighs it down. Fort's tunes incorporate strange harmonic twists, bringing tension to her generally introspective playing; the ballad "Arrivals" is the best example. Another trio tune, "More Than Anything," reveals her strong grasp of dynamics — the piece begins rubato, settles into a straight-eighth feel, and continues to build as Fort reveals an intensity lurking below her contemplative surface. The two quartet pieces are the quirkiest: "The Dance," a snappy calypso-rock number, finds Fort mining smart intervallic concepts on her solo; "The Bridge" lets each soloist start with an unaccompanied break before the band enters in driving swing time. There are hints of Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea in Fort's concept, but her shrewd originality comes through loud and clear. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi


Born: Israel

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining jazz and classical elements with hints of her Middle Eastern background, pianist and composer Anat Fort has shown an early ability to move easily in all of those musical worlds. Born in Israel, she began studying classical music at the age of five, and a lifelong fascination with improvisation led to her enrolling in the jazz program at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Following her graduation from the program in 1996, Fort moved to New York to study improvisation with Paul Bley...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, World
  • Released: Mar 30, 2000

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