176

Assaf Kehati: Flowers And Other Stories

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Assaf Kehati: Flowers And Other Stories Dynamic tension and release is an under-explored avenue in jazz. While composers and performers of this music seem to come out of institutes of higher learning with advanced harmonic knowledge, allowing them to create stunningly complex chords that resolve in an amiable fashion, these very musicians are often incapable of using the same techniques when dealing with volume concerns. Dynamics, like melody and harmony, play a key part in shaping any musical performance, and guitarist Assaf Kehati is keenly aware of this fact.

In an effort to build and breakdown the emotional intensity in his music—dynamically and in all other manners—Kehati is always at the center of the architectural process. His diaphanous single note lines often serve as kindling, which allows the other musicians to build the fire around his guitar work. Once the fire burns down a bit, the embers always remain, giving Kehati and his group the option of stoking the flames again or letting things peacefully die out. These techniques work time and time again, as he creates works that move from loose suspended states of animation to more rhythmically solid ground ("Don't Attack"), and music that can revolve around consistent and mesmerizing lines that evolve in a variety of manners ("The Most Beautiful Flower").

Kehati's Israeli roots show up early on the album, as saxophonist Alon Farber delivers the mournful melody of "Calling Me Home," but the guitarist is careful not to paint himself into a corner, where he would be lumped in as just another musician playing Middle Eastern-coated jazz. Kehati proves that he's no one-trick pony, by showing constant comfort in different settings. He shows equal skill while delivering clipped, playful melodic phrases and tossing off short snippets of sound ("Mr. Mario"), and painting gossamer guitar lines over his sensitive support team ("Invisible Green"). While most of the music is full of peaks and valleys in the overall aural landscape, Kehati can also be content to just let sheer beauty win out, as it rides along in a stunning and straightforward manner without falling prey to excessive emotional ebb and flow ("The Snow And The Sun").

On this recording, his sophomore outing, Assaf Kehati paints a finely textured self-portrait of a master musical sculptor of sound and mood that's, no doubt, on the brink of bigger things.


Track Listing: Calling Me Home; Mr. Mario; Tali; The Most Beautiful Flower; The Snow And The Sun; Don't Attack; Invisible Green.

Personnel: Assaf Kehati: guitar; Alon Farber: saxophone; Daniel Sapir: bass; Udi Shlomo: drums.

Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Self Produced | Style: Modern Jazz


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "In Concert" CD/LP/Track Review In Concert
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 6, 2016
Read "The Unknown" CD/LP/Track Review The Unknown
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 10, 2016
Read "Festen" CD/LP/Track Review Festen
by John Sharpe
Published: November 12, 2016
Read "Source" CD/LP/Track Review Source
by Eyal Hareuveni
Published: August 25, 2016
Read "Very Early" CD/LP/Track Review Very Early
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 23, 2016
Read "Breaking Point" CD/LP/Track Review Breaking Point
by Glenn Astarita
Published: June 10, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!