by Friedrich Kunzmann
If 2016's The Village (jazz&people) qualified as a step outside of Yotam Silberstein 's comfort zone, Future Memories may as well be considered a giant leap. The New York-based guitarist has evidently arrived at a point in his career where he feels free to play and compose as he pleases, and makes his confidence known to his sidemen so that they can smoothly follow suit. With veteran bassist John Patitucci and drummer Daniel Dor keeping a breezy rhythmic foundation, Silberstein's ...read more
by Dan Bilawsky
A single letter separates the English and Portuguese spellings of the world's fifth largest country, but that letter distinguishes between an outsider's view and the way that an insider takes it all in. Brazil is for tourists, but Brasil is for those initiated in the musical ways of this South American land of wonder. While Israeli guitarist Yotam Silberstein was born more than six thousand miles from Ipanema Beach, he displays the understanding, insight and sensitivity of a man who ...read more
by Lawrence Peryer
Brazilian music is tricky. It must be approached carefully as its mellow understatement can be vulnerable to sterility in production and blandness in execution. Brasil, by Israeli guitarist Yotam Silberstein (now known solely as Yotam") is plagued by both attributes. It is quite difficult to appreciate the competency of the players with whom Yotam has surrounded himself for this outing, as both the playing and engineering carry a certain lack of character and color. Too smooth throughout, ...read more
by J Hunter
Next Page has been pegged as an organ trio disc. The problem with that is saxman Chris Cheek appears on five of the disc's nine cuts. True, keyboardist Sam Yahel never lays out, but to completely dismiss Cheek's role in Yotam Silberstein's second release as a leader--even for simplicity's sake--is to ignore a range of color that helps make Next special.
Simplicity is what this date is all about, as Silberstein's unadorned hollow-body guitar work freely invites comparisons to releases ...read more
by Jerry D'Souza
Yotam Silberstein began playing guitar when he was 10. His first interests were rock and pop, but five years later he began studying jazz. After he finished high school in Tel Aviv, Silberstein moved to New York City. He continued pursuing jazz and, over the years, has played with Kenny Barron, Avishai Cohen, Roy Hargrove and John Faddis among others. Silberstein made his recording debut with The Arrival (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2004).
Here, Silberstein finds a comfortable ...read more
by Dan McClenaghan
The organ trio approach is one of the more drenched-in-the-tradition formats in jazz. From Wes Montgomery's Riverside recordings through Grant Green's Blue Note sets up to Dr. Lonnie Smith's innovations, there's always a feeling of timeless soulfulness to the grouping of guitar, Hammond B3 organ and drums.Tel Aviv-born guitarist Yotom Silberstein, on Next Page, brings a reverence for that tradition, along with a hint of a Near Eastern tint, a nod to Bossa Nova, and a turn of ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Meet Yotam Silberstein: Yotam Silberstein was born and raised in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He started playing guitar at the age of 10, focusing mostly on rock and blues.
At the age of 15 Yotam was accepted to the prestigious Alon high school for the arts where he studied jazz with such great teachers as Walter Blanding and Amit Golan. During his high school years Yotam won many local competitions and was heralded as a very promising young guitarist.
After finishing high ...read more