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Ziv Ravitz Trio Live At BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Ziv Ravitz has established himself as a reference young drummer thanks to successful collaborations with the likes of Avishai Cohen, Mark Turner and Lee Konitz. For years the Israeli Brooklyn-based musician has performed in the trio of saxophonist Will Vinson, who on this tour hands over the reins to him. In early 2019, Ziv Ravitz will release of No Man Is an Island. He recently turned 40 quite--time to offer his own vision, based on his experiences as ...

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Max Johnson, Kirk Knuffke, Ziv Ravitz: Something Familiar

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New York native Max Johnson does not appear to require sleep. The bassist/composer, whose career spans the wide terrain from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to Lollapalooza to Anthony Braxton consistently delivers fresh, adventurous, high-quality music against an ambitious output. With his now-regular working trio of Kirk Knuffke on cornet and drummer Ziv Ravitz, the group has released their best work to date on Something Familiar. As Johnson's star rises, so too does Knuffke's whose been drawing high spots ...

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Florian Weber / Jeff Denson / Ziv Ravitz: Minsarah

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The members of this young and well-schooled, multi-national piano trio convened at Boston's Berklee College of Music--and the rest is history, so to speak. They recorded Minsarah in Germany, on which youth, vigor and invention come to fruition.

The title of this release refers to a prism, where translucent glass is used to separate the wavelengths of light, and these musicians likewise spin a multihued vista on the sometimes formulaic piano trio format. Pianist Florian Weber lifts notions ...

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Florian Weber / Jeff Denson / Ziv Ravitz: Minsarah

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It's nice to see a pianist also credited with kalimba, loops and rum bottle, as Florian Weber is on this disc. That sounds a little wilder than it is; this is really a piano trio date. Nevertheless, the slightly odd instrumentation on the margins is indicative of a fanciful energy that suffuses Minsarah, this disc from a trio filled out by bassist Jeff Denson and drummer Ziv Ravitz. The rum bottle--as a tuned percussion instrument--appears to garnish ...