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Gilad Hekselman: Ask For Chaos

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After a run of intriguingly fresh sounding records, starting with 2006 set Splitlife (Smalls Records), up to the most recently released Homes (Jazz Village 2015), New York-based guitarist Gilad Hekselman seems to have widened his musical soundscape even further by pursuing a multitude of different new projects, ultimately proving himself one of the most innovative voices in jazz guitar today on his newest outing Ask for Chaos. As of recently, his two main touring units have been his more regular ...

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Gilad Hekselman: Ask For Chaos

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Be careful what you ask for if chaos is on the wish list. Israeli-born guitarist Gilad Hekselman invited disorder on this, his sixth outing, by employing two distinct backing bands. And there is fun to be had in spotting discrepancies between the combos. Representing the more avant elements are Zuperoctave, whilst a touch of trad comes via gHex Trio who were urged by Hekselman to keep him on his toes. The album's title draws on the political climate ...

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Gilad Hekselman: New music on the Horizon

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Native Israeli and New York-based Gilad Hekselman has established himself amongst today's leading pioneers of jazz-guitar and is constantly in high demand -here, there and just about everywhere. This time around it was Hungarian saxophonist Kristof Bacso, who invited Hekselman to enhance his trio, taking on the role Lionel Loueke had played on Bacso's latest album Pannon Blue, for two concerts in Budapest as well as the Porgy & Bess in jny: Vienna. Two days prior to the ...

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Gilad Hekselman at the Cornelia Street Café

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Gilad Hekselman with Ben Williams and Billy Hart Cornelia Street Café Hekselfest Greenwich Village, NYC August 10, 2017 As part of a week-long residency at Greenwich Village's Cornelia Street Café, guitarist Gilad Hekselman convened something of a dream band for his Thursday night performance when he shared the stage with bassist Ben Williams and drummer Billy Hart. Although Hekselman had played with them separately in other contexts, this was the first time they'd done ...

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Gilad Hekselman: Homes

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The “heir apparent" concept does not exist in jazz. Younger artists seeking status and respect must earn it through the rigors of performing and creating music through their own voice and merit. While the talented Israeli-born New York-based guitarist Gilad Hekselman's skill has been likened to Pat Metheny and Kurt Rosenwinkel, he's doing just that with impressive work--tours, dates and a number of fine recordings such as 2013's This Just In (Jazz Village). His release as leader, ...

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Gilad Hekselman: This Just In

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If Gilad Hekselman's previous releases caused a few ripples then his fourth album, This Just In should make a splash. The Israeli-born, New York-based guitarist has garnered attention as a rising fret-board wizard from the wellspring of notable peers such as Lage Lund and Miles Okazaki; fresh voices with plenty of technique but of equal importance are forward thinking outlooks. While it's hard to shed the similarities to other guitar notables, Hekselman clearly has what it takes to carve out ...

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Gilad Hekselman: This Just In

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Quietly, so quietly the jazz guitar torch is passed from the legends Jim Hall and Pat Martino to Kurt Rosenwinkel and Gilad Hekselman, whose release This Just In makes a conspicuously understated grab for said torch.His fourth release as leader follows Hearts Wide Open (Le Chant Du Monde, 2011) and features the same stellar lineup of Joe Martin (bass), Marcus Gilmore (drums), and saxophonist Mark Turner on three tracks. Having a working group, and one as distinguished as ...

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Gilad Hekselman: SplitLife

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Not that long out of school, guitarist Gilad Hekselman has already begun to create a body of work possessing a distinctive lyricism and easily embraceable artfulness that seems to reach beyond his years. Born in 1983 and transplanted to the US from Israel, Hekselman's highly effective debut album--aptly named Splitlife--strides dual worlds, Middle East and West, old world and new, but it's his own personality as both assured player and composer that gives this recording its very personable voice.