Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Jazz Through (Mostly) Israeli Eyes & Souls (Part 1)
"Song for Peace" is the longest track (14:49) - notice how Avital splits the melody line between tenor sax and trumpet, having them move towards each other until there is harmony. The sensuous rhythm pulls the listener in, mesmerizing even as becomes quiet for the trumpet solo. Freedman begins to push against the "quiet", accentuating the martial feel in his snare and beat on his ride cymbal. Cohen responds without "boiling over", bringing the level down for the opening of Klein's long and involved solo.
There is not a weak cut or even weak moment on "Suite of the East." There are pieces, such as "Sinai Memories", where the melodies played by both the bass and piano are so filled with emotion. And, the CD closes with "Bass Mediation (on the possibility of peace in the Middle East", a solo piece for Avital that is both highly musical and also filled with great longing. Perhaps one gets the feeling from the title but here Avital is most like Charles Mingus, another musician who channeled his anger, his dreams and hopes, into his music. Not sure why this session took 6 years to see the light of day but its arrival is most welcome. For more information, go to www.omeravital.com.
Daniel Freedman wrote or co-wrote and/or arranged all the pieces on "Bamako By Bus" yet rarely takes the spotlight. The variety of styles as well as the excellent rhythm section (not to forget the fine solo work) makes this music so highly enjoyable. For more information, go to www.danielfreedman.net.