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Israeli-drummer Nadav Snir-Zelniker approaches straight-ahead, swinging jazz with a joyful spirit on his debut recording Thinking Out Loud. From the opening notes of "Pizmon Layakinton (Song for Hyacinth)" anchored by veteran bassist Todd Coolman
's "Isfahan," performed here with an up-tempo Afro-Cuban feel.
Snir-Zelniker's "Jack's Theme," a soft, buoyant piece, showcases intuitive listening among the trio with subtle interplay and dynamic tension. By focusing on the development of an ensemble sound, the trio is able to take a fresh approach to the overdone, such as "Blue Skies," and present accessible readings of the unfamiliar, such as Rosenthal's bouncy "Carefree."
Thinking Out Loud is a satisfying trio effort with attention-grabbing solos and shared musical empathy.
Track Listing: Pizmon Layakinton (Song for Hyacinth); Longing; Secret Love; The
Hard Way; Interplay; Isfahan; Jack's Theme; Blue Skies; Come Wonder
With Me; Carefree.