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Assaf Hakimi: Some Other Day (2009)

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Bassist Assaf Hakimi recorded Some Other Day at the end of a seven-year stint in New York, just prior to his return to Israel. During that time he studied at the New School with such esteemed teachers as Junior Mance
Junior Mance
Junior Mance
b.1928
piano
, Doug Weiss, Jane Ira Bloom
Jane Ira Bloom
Jane Ira Bloom

sax, soprano
and Billy Harper
Billy Harper
Billy Harper
b.1943
saxophone
. For his debut, Hakimi summons some of his elite Israeli jazz comrades who split their time between New York and Israel—saxophonist Eli Degibri
Eli Degibri
Eli Degibri
b.1978
sax, tenor
, trombonist Jonathan Voltzok and pianist Alon Yavnai.

Hakimi, who composed seven of the album's nine tracks, employs gently melodic, hard-bop lines and clear thematic narratives, with sophisticated arrangements that leave enough room for all players to articulate their ideas. Hakimi's own playing shows the influence of both Ray Brown

Ray Brown
Ray Brown
1926 - 2002
bass, acoustic
and John Patitucci
John Patitucci
John Patitucci
b.1959
bass
in his supple and swinging time keeping, and his modern explorations of funk and impressionistic solos, respectively. He manages to form a tight and solid rhythm section with the ever-inventive Penn, which constantly pushes the other players.

Some Other Day feature the bassist as an assured leader and a well-versed player in the bop tradition. On "Guy's Mind" and the title tune, Hakimi and Penn's solid rhythmic basis enable Degibri and Voltzok to develop beautiful, soaring solos, with Yavnai's fine contribution. The gently balladic "Sara" features Voltzok's storytelling improvisational skills, while the breezy funk of "E-Gal Wow Wow" highlights the relaxed trio interplay of Hakimi, Penn and Yavnai (on Fender Rhodes). The rhythm is intensified on the hard-swinging "Beharuz," featuring fast solos exchanged over a clear bass line. Hakimi's beautiful solo on Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
's standard, "Prelude To A Kiss," shines with a warm sound and highly melodic vocabulary, supported by pianist Yavnai's sensitive and spare accompaniment.

Hakimi's musical envelope is both well defined and deep into the mainstream. With nuanced writing and a tight band, Some Other Day is but an introduction to this bassist, composer and bandleader's creative capabilities.

Track Listing: Zilb; Guy's Mind; Sara; E-Gal Wow Wow; Beharuz; Prelude To A Kiss; Anyway It's Nothing; Some Other Day; So Near So Far.

Personnel: Assaf Hakimi: double bass; Eli Degibri: saxophones; Jonathan Voltzok: trombone; Alon Yavnai: piano, rhodes; Clarence Penn: drums.

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Modern Jazz


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