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Itai Kriss and Telavana: Itai Kriss and Telavana

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A good seven thousand miles separate the Middle East and the Caribbean, but are they truly that far apart? With flutist Itai Kriss and his band, Telavana, spanning the two, that distance seems to vanish. Kriss, a native Israeli, has spent the past fifteen years immersed in the scene in his adopted home of New York. There, he's involved himself in straight ahead sounds, Latin jazz circles, the salsa scene, Afro-Cuban projects, and a good number of ...

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Itai Kriss: The Shark

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Swimming through the ocean of jazz, navigating the currents of melodies and harmonies while avoiding the jaws of a shark, can be a blissful experience. There is one shark, though, that needn't be feared, masterfully created by Israeli-born flautist Itai Kriss. The Shark is an exercise in modern hard-bop and Caribbean/Latin rhythms that takes a big bite of jazz and leaves quite an impressive mark. His first album as leader, New York-resident Kriss has been actively involved in performing with ...

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Itai Kriss: The Shark

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New and/or notable flute voices in jazz don't seem to come around very often. While scores of saxophonists double on this instrument, very few players that enter the jazz trenches are pure flautists, through and through. When a musician makes the decision to focus solely on an instrument like the flute, they might be narrowing their opportunities, but that risk sometimes yields rewards, and this would seem to hold true in the case of flautist Itai Kriss. His choice of ...