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Eli Degibri: Israeli Song

Read "Israeli Song" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Eli Degibri's name may be the least familiar one on the cover of Israeli Song. His quartet mates on this superb disc are of the highest level; it would be hard to find higher profile or finer accompanists. With that lineup--two legendary stars in drummer Al Foster and bassist Ron Carter--and, in pianist Brad Mehldau, a newer huge talent who keeps gathering momentum--it becomes a matter, for the leader, of holding his own. He does so with high energy, ...

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Eli Degibri: Israeli Song

Read "Eli Degibri: Israeli Song" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Eli DegibriIsraeli SongAnzic Records2010 If jazz buffs were approached at the start of the 1990s and asked to list some top-flight Israeli jazz musicians, plenty of them wouldn't be able to utter a single name. That just goes to show how much the times have changed. In 2010, Israeli-born jazz musicians are among the brightest stars in modern jazz and saxophonist Eli Degibri's name is high up on this list. Degibri ...

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Eli Degibri: In The Beginning

Read "In The Beginning" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Israeli-born tenor saxophonist Eli Degibri, who not too long ago cut his teeth playing with Herbie Hancock, has taken his own maiden voyage with his premiere CD release, the appropriately titled In the Beginning. Degibri composed most of the songs here, narratives defined by deft rhythm and tempo shifts and ample space for the musicians to express themselves. Appropriately, the title cut leads things off, a tune imbued with the anticipatory, exciting feeling of something--a life form, a ...

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Eli Degibri: In The Beginning

Read "In The Beginning" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Eli Degibri is a young tenor saxophonist from Israel, here with his first recording, and an impressive debut it is. Degibri exhibits a robust, warm tone and an unpredictable sense of phrasing. His playing runs from graceful bebop dancing worthy of Sonny Stitt to upper register cries that resonate like a desert wind.Degibri is also a very promising composer. His tunes include changing tempos and time signatures, as well as a mix of jazz, funk, and ethnic rhythms. ...

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Eli Degibri: In The Beginning

Read "In The Beginning" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Young tenor saxophonist Eli Degibri brings a seasoned and somewhat unique approach to his debut recording, In The Beginning. While it's impressive that the Israeli native performed in circles with names such as Herbie Hancock, Al Foster, and the Mingus Big Band, it is more impressive to hear his own style and development come to the forefront. Paying your dues on the bandstand is one thing--but leading a band and creating your own music is quite another.While In ...


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