227

Sam Yahel: In The Blink of An Eye

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Sam Yahel: In The Blink of An Eye On In The Blink Of An Eye New York based Hammond B-3 specialist Sam Yahel offers the listener bluesy, cool and spirited renderings of pieces such as Freddie Hubbard's modern day classic 'Little Sunflower' and Frank Loesser's 'I Believe In You'. Along with guitarist and ongoing member of Larry Golding's organ trio Peter Bernstein and ace drummer Brian Blade, Yahel serves up a rather tasty, affable and compact recording brimming with upbeat vibes and an articulate approach to the organ trio format. Throughout, Yahel is quite adept at utilizing the B-3 as a rhythmic instrument or providing textures and nuance behind Bernstein's often bright soloing and Blade's workmanlike drumming. On McCoy Tyner's 'Inception', Yahel airs it out with nimble right hand leads while deconstructing the melody line and comping with the rhythm section. Peter Bernstein's 'Just A Thought' commences as a soft ballad which evolves into a moderate tempo swing featuring thoughtful and quite colorful soloing by the composer while Yahel's original composition 'So Long' is constructed around a smooth samba beat enabling the trio to embark on disparate choruses and shifting themes. One of the highlights is the inventive and most appealing rendition of the standard, 'Like Someone In Love'. Here, Yahel institutes a memorably melodic hook, which provides a pleasant contrast to the familiar theme.

Sam Yahel's latest release from NAXOS jazz should warm over more than a few advocates of the jazz organ trio format, as Mr. Yahel is seemingly on the move while staking his claim as an inventive modernist who also pays homage to convention. In The Blink Of An Eye captures that sentiment in unequivocal fashion... * * * '


Personnel:

Sam Yahel; Organ: Peter Bernstein; Guitar: Brian Blade; Drums: Kahlil Kwame Bell; Percussion (tracks 1 & 6)

NAXOS website: www.hnh.com

Title: In The Blink of An Eye | Year Released: 2000


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read 90 Going On Amazing CD/LP/Track Review 90 Going On Amazing
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter CD/LP/Track Review Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: August 21, 2017
Read L.O.T.U.S. CD/LP/Track Review L.O.T.U.S.
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Art in the Age of Automation CD/LP/Track Review Art in the Age of Automation
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Screen Sounds CD/LP/Track Review Screen Sounds
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 20, 2017
Read "The Beautiful Day" CD/LP/Track Review The Beautiful Day
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 6, 2016
Read "Moldy Figs" CD/LP/Track Review Moldy Figs
by Paul Rauch
Published: July 10, 2017
Read "Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian" CD/LP/Track Review Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 14, 2017
Read "From Two Balconies" CD/LP/Track Review From Two Balconies
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 21, 2017
Read "Pocono Git-Down" CD/LP/Track Review Pocono Git-Down
by Richard J Salvucci
Published: March 14, 2017
Read "Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists" CD/LP/Track Review Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists
by Ian Patterson
Published: March 16, 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.