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Daniel Meron: This Was Now

Read "This Was Now" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Brooklyn-based pianist Daniel Meron rebels against the sometimes irksome ubiquity of electronic connectedness--smartphones, the internet, social media--with This Was Now, a solo piano recording of jazz standards, popular songs, Great American Songbook tunes, one free improvisation and one Israeli traditional song. He opens with the venerable “Body and Soul," a tune written in 1930, and launched to greater jazz fame by saxophonist Coleman Hawkins' 1939 rendition. The one that danced around the melody without ever quite stating it.

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Daniel Meron: Sky Begins

Read "Sky Begins" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Though pianist / composer Daniel Meron gets top billing on Sky Begins, it's vocalist Maia Karo who steals the show here. Yes, Sky Begins is a vocal jazz album. But it's a quite striking one. Meron's tunes are by no means typical jazz tunes, and Karo isn't a typical jazz singer. Though the album is all-acoustic (save for some subtle electronic effects on a few of the tunes), much of it has a distinctly caffeinated, almost rockish energy. Meron's compositions ...

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Daniel Meron Quartet: New York, NY, Saturday May 4, 2013

Read "Daniel Meron Quartet: New York, NY, Saturday May 4, 2013" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Daniel Meron QuartetMetropolitan RoomNew York, NYMay 4, 2013After debuting his first album, Directions, when first moving to New York from Berklee in 2010, Israeli-born pianist Daniel Meron has moved on to new avenues relatively quickly. One of these is focusing on more song-based material (complete with lyrics), which has regained popularity in the jazz world, though it is still a unique challenge. Meron and his quartet, consisting of vocalist Maia Karo, drummer Rodrigo Recabarren and ...

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Daniel Meron: Directions

Read "Directions" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist/composer Daniel Meron makes an emphatic debut with Directions, a quintet album of stylish and original tunes. Meron grew up in Israel and was appointed Chief Musical Arranger to the Israeli military's performance troupes during his service. It's an unusual apprenticeship for a jazz musician, but on the evidence of this album it's an effective one. A scholarship to Berklee College in 2007, where he was taught by Greg Osby and Joe Lovano, was followed by a move to New ...


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