David Buchbinder: Odessa/Havana (2007)
Partnering with Cuban pianist Hilario Duran, Buchbinder has created more of a symphonic statement that extols the best of both genres. While some pieces clearly ring more Latin than Jewish and vice versa, others blend aspects of both musics into a holistic experience that highlights the commonalities while celebrating the differences. Such is "Cadiz," artfully moving through a song cycle akin to the traditional klezmer doina-hora-freilach with its lovely rubato introduction that includes tsimbele mimicry, stately middle, Latin/klezmer blowout and forceful ending. Buchbinder and Duran are both powerful players who work well off each other on these dense compositions that have the added benefit of violinist Aleksander Gajic's bowthat can burn as well as caressand multi-reedist Quinsin Nachoff's ability to expand the voicings.
The superb rhythm section of a quartet of drummer/percussionists and bassist Roberto Occhipinti has a field day stretching out on pieces like the darkly seductive "Next One Rising" and the polyrhythmic fusion of "Rumba Judia." The crew plays their collective arses off on big band numbers like the sonic stew of "Colaboracion" before ending things with a sprightly tribute celebrating the marriage of both genres aptly entitled "Freylekhs Tumbao."
Track Listing: Lailadance; Impresiones; Cadiz; Next One Rising; Rumba Judia; Prayer; Colaboracion; Freylekhs Tumbao.
Personnel: David Buchbinder: trumpet; Hilario Duran: piano; Qunsin Nachoff: reeds, flute; Aleksander Gajic: violin; Luis Guerra: piano; Mark Kelso: drums; Rick Shadrach: percussion; Dafnis Prieto: drums; Jorges Luis "Papiosco" Torres: percussion; John Gzowski: oud; Roberto Occhipinti: bass.
Record Label: Tzadik