Minton Records Releases "I Decided!" - The Amit Golan Quintet Featuring Joe Magnarelli


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I Decided! is a classic Hard-Bop album reminiscent of the old days of Lee Morgan, Sonny Clark and others. No Post-Bop, no Progressive Jazz, no apologies. Just good old Hard-Bop!

The album features seven of Amit Golan's original compositions and one Gershwin standard.

The opening theme “Sari" has a unique form constructed of five different segments, each eight bars in length. The 'A' segment is in B minor with the major seventh on top, which recalls the sound of Horace Silver's “Nica's Dream". The 'B' & 'C' segments, flavored with II V progressions ascending in half steps, each in a different key. The 'D' segment, is similar to 'B' but with a different ending. It's a challenging progression which Joe Magnarelli plays brilliantly in a superb solo, with forceful energy and beautiful lyricism. His tone may have reflections of the great late Kenny Dorham.

“Doctor D." is an E flat bebop tune that ends with a typical Tadd Dameron progression. Asaf Yuria's tenor sax solo is a exquisite.

“Samson & Delilah" is a tune based on the old Victor Young standard Delilah, recorded by the great Clifford Brown, Milt Jackson, Wes Montgomery and others.

The theme is constructed from a different set of changes. The 'A' segment is played without piano accompaniment, in order to feature the three horns. The 'B' segment uses a time feel, over 4/4 time. The solos are played on the original Delilah changes opening with a baritone solo played by the young and up and coming Eden Bareket. I decided is a tune based on Charlie Shavers beautiful theme “Undecided."

“Just in Between" is inspired by the ballads of Horace Silver and is arranged with that atmosphere.

“Fresh Breeze" has an easy going bossa-nova feel with a short interlude before each solo.

“Love Walked In" is one of George Gershwin's most magnificent themes and features an opening solo by bass player Gilad Abro who shows virtuosity as well as creativity and imagination.

The last tune, “Silver Moods" is dedicated to the great Horace silver and is inspired by his music and soul.

“Golan has dived so deep into the aesthetics of hard bop that he has actually become a contemporary of its artists, despite working 50 years laterhe makes sure to spice up the rhythm of his songs, and the result is very elegant, fun music." --Ben Shalev, Haaretz

“The fantastic melodies were composed in the atmosphere of Hard Bop with the authenticity of that sound. They contain the depth and complexity of traditional American Jazz. The compositions are melodic and accessible but also deep. Each tune brings with it something original and refreshing. The compositions are different from one another and surprising in their diversity. In my opinion, Amit Golan is one of the leading Jazz composers in Israel today." --Nurit Hirsh, Composer & Song Writer

Track Listing

1. Sari (5:30)
2. Doctor D (8:27)
3. Samson & Delilah (7:03)
4. I Decided! (6:42)
5. Just in Between (6:32)
6. Fresh Breeze (5:17)
7. Love Walked In (8:47)
8. Silver Moods (6:48)

Total Time: 54:04


Joe Magnarelli Trumpet
Asaf Yuria Tenor Sax
Gilad Abro Bass
Doron Tirosh Drums (2, 3, 4, 5, 7)
Yonatan Rosen Drums (1, 6, 8)
Eden Bareket Baritone Sax (3)

All titles composed and arranged by Amit Golan / ACUM (except: Love Walked In, composed by George Gershwin, arranged by Amit Golan).

Recorded at the Lin & Ted Arison Israel Conservatory of Music - Tel Aviv, July 19, 20 & 21, 2007.

Produced by Amit Golan & Noam Uziel; recorded and mixed by Uzi Levy; CD cover design by Eran Yuval.

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