1

Assif Tsahar: In Between the Tumbling a Stillness

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Assif Tsahar: In Between the Tumbling a Stillness
As the saying goes, In Between The Tumbling A Stillness, recorded in 2015 in Tel Aviv, "comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." Saxophonist Assif Tsahar, who sticks to tenor throughout, opens "In Between" like a lion, if that lion were Albert Ayler. The 35-minute piece draws from the fire music of the 1960s, propelling forward with an energy that is indefatigable.

Credit to bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake. The dynamic duo have been the power source for saxophonists from Fred Anderson to John Dikeman, Charles Gayle, and Peter Brötzmann. While the saxophonist has performed with each of his bandmates before, the three had never recorded as a trio. The combination here is quite effective. Drake is (as ever) happy to illustrate the sounds with varied styles from reggaeology to swing, rock, and free drumming. Tsahar's tenor approach sounds like a complement to that of the Brazilian born Ivo Perelman. While the latter works the upper register, Tsahar mines the bottom to great effect.

Dare we say that fragments of Lester Young's horn can be heard here? "A Stillness" is the "out like a lamb" companion to the roaring opener. Tsahar soothes the ear on this brief and breathy epilogue.

Track Listing

In Between; The Tumbling; A Stillness.

Personnel

Assif Tsahar: reeds; William Parker: bass; Hamid Drake: drums.

Album information

Title: In Between the Tumbling a Stillness | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Hopscotch Records

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read End Of Summer
End Of Summer
Espen Eriksen Trio
Read Facing Duality
Facing Duality
Maria Baptist and Jan von Klewitz
Read Stateless
Stateless
Tashi Dorji

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.