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Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir

Read "Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir" reviewed by Jim Worsley

With so many talented jazz pianists over the years, it can be a challenge to make your own mark or carve out your own identity. Many fine musicians have simply blended into the scene, seemingly unnoticed, due to a lack of singularity that sets them apart. Tamir Hendelman crashes that barrier with a signature sound that embraces jazz, Brazilian, spirituality, the American Songbook, and more. With Israelia roots and American tradition, Hendelman has shared the stage and/or recording studio with ...

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Tamir Hendelman: Destinations

Read "Destinations" reviewed by Larry Taylor

Well recognized for 10 years as an important member of drummer Jeff Hamilton's Trio and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra., pianist Tamir Hendelman has also gained recognition as an accompanist for singers such as Tierney Sutton. As well, he is a go-to pianist for numerous sessions with top musicians. After the success of his first trio recording, Playground (Swing Brothers, 2008), Destinations appears on a larger label, Resonance. Here, Hendelman's trio features drummer Lewis Nash--a great drummer who, standing ...

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Tamir Hendelman: Destinations

Read "Destinations" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Destinations, pianist Tamir Hendelman's second CD as leader, is a bold and satisfying follow-up to his 2008 debut, Playground (Swing Bros). There are many fine pianists with impressive technique and swing who are convincing in a number of styles, play with real feeling, and contribute a tuneful original or two. What increasingly distinguishes Hendelman is his gift for imaginative arranging. For one thing, he will compose an introduction that makes it difficult to predict what follows, but seems perfectly suited--even ...

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Tamir Hendelman: Living a Dream

Read "Tamir Hendelman: Living a Dream" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

One of those “overnight sensations" who's been working steadily for years, Israeli-born pianist and composer Tamir Hendelman has finally caught a rocket. A member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Jeff Hamilton Trio, as well as leader of his own groups, Hendelman is also a first-call arranger and accompanist for some of the best vocalists around, including Roberta Gambarini, Jackie Ryan, Angela Hagenbach and Greta Matassa. He was involved in pop icon Barbra Streisand's flirtation with jazz, playing on ...

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Tamir Hendelman: Playground

Read "Playground" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

This is quite an unusual debut, since Israeli-born pianist Tamir Hendelman already had an international reputation years before this first CD as leader. A longstanding anchor of two famous bands (the Jeff Hamilton Trio since 2000, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra since 2001), Hendelman is increasingly busy as arranger, sideman, and accompanist for singers such as Natalie Cole, Roberta Gambarini, Tierney Sutton, and Jackie Ryan. But perhaps the best recommendation of all comes from keyboard legend Oscar Peterson: after witnessing ...


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