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Uri Gurvich: Kinship

Read "Kinship" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's all about fellowship, culture, and concordance of spirit and sound. Put simply, saxophonist Uri Gurvich's Kinship is diversity and unity in league.Gurvich's third release, following The Storyteller (Tzadik, 2009) and BabEL (Tzadik 2013), keys in on many of the same aspects as his earlier work. The music is a multicultural amalgam that speaks to the leader's Argentinian and Israeli roots while also existing as a reflection of his longstanding quartet's worldly membership--Bulgarian bassist Peter Slavov, Argentinian pianist ...

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Uri Gurvich: BabEl

Read "BabEl" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Toss a dart at the world map and you are likely to hit a country of origin for a band member in saxophonist Uri Gurvich's ensemble. The Israeli-born son of Argentinian parents assembled an international cast for his first release The Storyteller (Tzadik, 2009). The same band of Bulgarian bassist Peter Slavov, Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, and Argentinian keyboardist Leo Genovese return for BabEl with the addition of Moroccan oud and percussion provided by Brahim Fribgane on three tracks.

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Uri Gurvich: The Storyteller

Read "The Storyteller" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

Despite the fact that alto saxophonist Uri Gurvich is Israeli and that his debut CD is on the Tzadik label (as part of its “Radical Jewish Culture" series), The Storyteller only sounds parenthetically Jewish. Yes, some of the titles are in Hebrew (translated as “The Builders," “I Believe" and “Chant" and a type of hummus) and the melodies are either pensive or ecstatic in that particular Jewish vein to which secular listeners have become accustomed. But there is more going ...


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