Jazz pianist and composer Ari Erev performs regularly in Israel and in Europe in Piano Solo or Trio settings.
The music of pianist and composer Ari Erev blends a deep classical touch, producing an intimate, delicate and emotional style inspired by pianists such as Bill Evans, Kenny Barron and Fred Hersch, with an energetic, latin-oriented and rhythmic drive, such as those found with pianists Michel Camilo and Michell Petrucciani, to produce a mature voice of his own.
In "Close to Home" (2021), pianist and composer Ari Erev melds highly-melodic Jazz, wrapped in rich harmony textures and Latin-inspired rhythms with soulful sound and sensitive playing. At its core, the ensemble is a piano trio, but Erev takes full advantage of the additional colours at his disposal, with the addition of New York-based flutist Hadar Noiberg, acclaimed percussionist Gilad Dobrecky & hotly tipped saxophonist Yuval Cohen. The music is strongly rooted in jazz but showcases Erev's long-time passion for world music and, in particular, Latin influences.
"Wonderful and beautiful album, exquisite deft touch..." Dave Sockett, Bebop Spoken Here
"Remarkable tonality and improvisational skills... Superbly presented... Greatly enhances the profile of Israeli jazz on the world scene." Jim Burlong, Jazz Views
The recording of "Flow" (2016), established pianist Ari Erev as one of Israel's most melodic and sensitive modern jazz pianists and composers. Featured mostly on his own originals in this project, Ari led a program that includes a top-notch rhythm section and guest soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen, and creates a personal and artistically-performed album, continuing his exploration of combining percussive Latin rhythms with the rich harmonies of post-bop Jazz.
"a powerful... excellent new material,... a remarkable performance from a gifted artist whose expressive playing style and clever compositions, elevate him as one of the finest pianists on the international jazz scene today." Edward Blanco, All About Jazz
"A Handful of Changes" (2012), introduced Latin-flavored jazz compositions and inspired playing and featured the brilliant, New York tenor-saxophonist, Joel Frahm. The album, which is based mainly on his own originals, plus two songs by Israeli composer Alexander Argov and a pair of jazz standards, was very warmly received by critics all over the world.
"...an impressive project indeed... a presentation of individual, inner beauty..."
Alexander Ariff, Hard Bop Jazz Journal
In 2008 he made his debut recording, a trio set entitled "About Time", playing a lyrical and emotional mix of original compositions, Jazz standards, and Jazz arrangement of Israeli songs.Read more
- About Time by Eyal Hareuveni
- A Handful of Changes by Edward Blanco
- Flow by Edward Blanco
- Close to Home by Edward Blanco
February 28, 2012
Pianist/Composer Ari Erev Releases Recording Titled "A Handful of...
"a powerful fluid musical statement containing excellent new material,... a remarkable performance from a gifted artist whose expressive playing style and clever compositions, elevate him as one of the finest pianists on the international jazz scene today."
Edward Blanco, All About Jazz
"Beautiful Waltz, modulations that generate hope, bounties and consonance..."
"...Once in a while, an artist shines with the unalloyed beauty, accessibility and blitheness of their approach. ...compositional mastery... ...a quiet sophistication - a fine, sonorous groove..
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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson
Close to Home
A Handful of Changes
Falling in PlaceFrom: Close to Home
By Ari Erev
Jump into the WaterFrom: Flow
By Ari Erev
Precious PresentFrom: A Handful of Changes
By Ari Erev
Luigi's MuseFrom: About Time
By Ari Erev