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Assif Tsahar: In Between the Tumbling a Stillness

Read "In Between the Tumbling a Stillness" reviewed by Mark Corroto

As the saying goes, In Between The Tumbling A Stillness, recorded in 2015 in Tel Aviv, “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." Saxophonist Assif Tsahar, who sticks to tenor throughout, opens “In Between" like a lion, if that lion were Albert Ayler. The 35-minute piece draws from the fire music of the 1960s, propelling forward with an energy that is indefatigable. Credit to bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake. The dynamic duo ...

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Assif Tsahar / William Parker / Hamid Drake: In Between the Tumbling a Stillness

Read "In Between the Tumbling a Stillness" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Israeli saxophonist/clarinetist Assif Tsahar has deep roots in the free-jazz genre, having played with Cecil Taylor, Butch Morris, Peter Kowald, Fred Anderson, Ken Vandermark, Herb Robertson, Cooper-Moore, and many others. Among his other associations are two albums with bassist William Parker, Sunrise in the Tone World (AUM Fidelity, 1995) and Mass for the Healing of the World (Black Saint, 1998), and a European release with Hamid Drake, Live At Glenn Miller Cafè, Soul Bodies, Vol. 2 (Ayler Records, 2002). Parker ...

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Assif Tsahar / Cooper-Moore / Chad Taylor: Digital Primitives

Read "Digital Primitives" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Digital Primitives, with Chad Taylor on drums, expands the sonic landscape Assif Tsahar and Cooper-Moore carved out with drummer Hamid Drake on Lost Brother (Hopscotch, 2006) by removing a few of the typical saxophone trio tracks and replacing them with more in the way of fuzz, distortion and over-modulation. Not that this band is in need of exotic touches, since Cooper-Moore seems to have set aside his piano virtuosity and reapplied it to his own homemade instruments, including the bows ...

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Assif Tsahar / Tatsuya Nakatani / KJLA String 4tet: Solitude

Read "Solitude" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Solitude, a set of fairly free jazz by multi-reeds player Assif Tsahar, unobtrusive percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and string quartet, is surprisingly easy to listen to, but difficult to assess. Each time a group creates a performance like this, they're attempting to create a language from whole cloth. Free jazz is demanding because it's teaching us a language we don't know, using only that language. When it's successful, as in this case, it's strangely beautiful, of course.

Then again, how do ...

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Assif Tsahar / Cooper-Moore / Hamid Drake: Lost Brother

Read "Lost Brother" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

As its name implies, Lost Brother is about familiarity and musical intimacy. The first collaboration between Israeli reed man Assif Tsahar and Chicago drummer Hamid Drake was named Soul Bodies (Vol. 1, Ayler, 2001), and the musical bond between Tsahar and Cooper-Moore began when Tsahar guested in William Parker's In Order to Survive, where Cooper-Moore played the piano. The relationship continued when Tsahar released several of Cooper-Moore's recordings on his Hopscotch label, culminating with two enchanting duets (America, 2003; Tells ...

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Assif Tsahar: Lost Brother & Solitude

Read "Assif Tsahar: Lost Brother & Solitude" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Assif Tsahar/Cooper-Moore/Hamid Drake Lost Brother Hopscotch 2006

Variety spices this collaboration between three musicians whose creativity takes the music to delightful and exciting heights. There is never a dull moment; even in the calm of their expositions comes a centrifugal force that fills the compositions with intense dynamism.

Assif Tsahar is a bold, authoritative player who never loses the opportunity to take a leap into the unknown. Even as he does, he knows when ...

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Cooper-Moore & Assif Tsahar: Tells Untold; Assif Tsahar: Fragments

Read "Cooper-Moore & Assif Tsahar: Tells Untold; Assif Tsahar: Fragments" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Cooper-Moore & Assif Tsahar Tells Untold Hopscotch 2005

Cooper-Moore doesn't limit himself to the usual range of instruments. When he hears a sound in his head, he invents a device to reproduce it, surrounding himself with a mysterious aura, a shamanistic charisma that creates the sense that he's tapped into a separate world of undiscovered sound. Who can tell what he's playing at any given moment? He's a one man band. But ...

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Assif Tsahar: Dissonance is Consonance

Read "Assif Tsahar: Dissonance is Consonance" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Israeli saxophonist Assif Tsahar is preparing for his return to New York, where has resided for the last fifteen years. Tsahar spent the last year touring in Europe and Israel with his musical partner Cooper-Moore, celebrating the release of their second collaboration as a duo, Tells Untold, and recording a new disc together.In his first interview for All About Jazz, Tsahar tells about his experience as a free-minded and independent musician, always searching for new avenues to express ...

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Assif Tsahar/Cooper-Moore: America

Read "America" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

I suppose America should be categorized as jazz, since it was made by two musicians who have played jazz in the past. The underrecorded Cooper-Moore usually appears on piano, and Assif Tsahar is best known for his Ayler/late Coltrane-style tenor saxophone workouts—and these men play those instruments here, but this is a recording that defies categorization. You could say America is an old fashioned concept album, and I expect its ambition and totality of conviction will continue to reveal itself ...

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Assif Tsahar/Mat Maneri/Jim Black: Jam

Read "Jam" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Whether sparse or dense, light or heavy, stuttering or gliding, the nine untitled tracks on Jam feel like a natural progression. Something of a summit for these three out jazz improvisers, the recording unfurls like a series of open conversations might extend to tell a story.

That's appropriate given these players' exquisite control of their instruments and their preference for listening and responding, rather than shooting from the hip. And given that each of the nine untitled tracks ...

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Assif Tsahar: Embracing the Void

Read "Embracing the Void" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

On his first few releases, in duos and trios with Susie Ibarra and William Parker, Assif Tsahar proved himself a talented tenor man. More recently, he is showing his composing side, and a strong side it is. His string-heavy New York Underground Orchestra played a beautiful set at this year's Vision Festival with the leader conducting; that performance has been set to disc on another recent Hopscotch release.

The Zoanthropic Orchestra is a longer-standing ensemble than the ...

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Assif Tsahar & the Brass Reeds Ensemble: The Hollow World

Read "The Hollow World" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Those unfamiliar with Tsahar won’t be so for long if discs such as this have anything to say about it. After a handful of releases as both sideman and leader he is now finding renewed opportunity and resources to record his own groups through a fruitful musical partnership with his wife Susie Ibarra. This disc offers his most strikingly ambitious project to date. From both compositional and performance standpoints the idea of a group fronted by voluminous brass and reeds ...


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