333

Amos Hoffman: Carving

Eyal Hareuveni By

Sign in to view read count
Amos Hoffman: Carving Israeli guitarist and oudist Amos Hoffman reaches a fine balance between his main instruments on this fine recording. The guitar sounds natural and organic in Middle-eastern scales, while the oud fits perfectly in the swinging jazz sensibilities. Hoffman articulates a clear and melodic outline on both instruments, while he crosses genres.

Hoffman is backed by veteran Israeli jazz musicians like bassist/producer Ilan Salem, his friend Avishai Cohenand percussionist Ilan Katchka. Promising young players such as percussionist Itamar Doari and pianist Shai Maestro complete the ensemble. Hoffman dedicates this recording to his father, sculptor Moshe Hoffman, whose painting graces the cover.

Hoffman navigates between different moods and colors. He begins with the breezy and passionate opening, "Monique," named after his partner. He then moves through assured oud playing that carries the rhythm in a festive "Brown Sugar," later taking the oud to funky regions on "Rea." Hoffman adopts a North African call-and-response structure on "Uncle Charlie," while he finds a more relaxing pace on the gentle "A Minute To Smell The Flowers" and the beautiful and moving "Ras," dedicated to Cohen, with whom he regularly performs and records.

His "Self Portrait" is based on a clear though dense guitar line, one that is developed slowly through patient and trusting interplay. The composition features the main characteristics of Hoffman as a musician—it highlights his ability to tell a story through a rich melody, and marks his sense to surround himself with supporting musicians who can adopt his cross-genre vision while leaving them—notably Salem—enough room to express themselves. The most remarkable piece here is a duet between Hoffman on oud and guest pianist Maestro, a track which embodies Hoffman's musical vision.

Track Listing: Monique; Brown Sugar; A Minute To Smell The Flowers; Rea; Self Portrait; Ras; All Along; Uncle Charlie; The Well; Abe Baby; Away.

Personnel: Amos Hoffman; guitar, oud; Gilad Abro: acoustic bass; Amir Bresler: drums; Ilan Katchka: percussion; Ilan Salem; flute, alto flute; Avishai Cohen: electric bass; Calabash (#6, 8); Itamar Doari: drabukka (#8); Shai Maestro: piano.

Title: Carving | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Razdaz Recordz


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends CD/LP/Track Review Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Heaven On Their Minds CD/LP/Track Review Heaven On Their Minds
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Unnatural  Events CD/LP/Track Review Unnatural Events
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by James Nadal
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Clean CD/LP/Track Review Clean
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 15, 2017
Read Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations CD/LP/Track Review Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 15, 2017
Read "Wisdom Of Elders" CD/LP/Track Review Wisdom Of Elders
by James Nadal
Published: October 8, 2016
Read "Genesis" CD/LP/Track Review Genesis
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 4, 2016
Read "Seven Secrets" CD/LP/Track Review Seven Secrets
by John Kelman
Published: May 26, 2017
Read "The Romeo and Juliet Project" CD/LP/Track Review The Romeo and Juliet Project
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 23, 2017
Read "Double Down" CD/LP/Track Review Double Down
by James Nadal
Published: June 10, 2017
Read "Nor Sea, nor Land, nor Salty Waves" CD/LP/Track Review Nor Sea, nor Land, nor Salty Waves
by Duncan Heining
Published: April 30, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.