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Avi Rothbard: City Colors

Read "City Colors" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Guitarist Avi Rothbard, born in Israel and, since 1999, a mover and shaker in New York City, enjoys a distinguished career as a jazz performer and clinician. Sadly, his time in the studio has been intermittent at best. City Colors, his third leader date in 15 years, is his fullest résumé on record. Rothbard is a multifaceted player who is comfortable across a spectrum of genres, handling each with equal respect.Gerry Rafferty's “Baker Street" begins the proceedings with ...

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Avi Rothbard: Twin Song

Read "Twin Song" reviewed by Karen Hogg

Twin Song, guitarist Avi Rothbard's second recording, is a funky, atmospheric exploration. Rothbard's group, which includes organist Jared Gold, drummer Joe Strasser and guest tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery (on three tracks), works as a tight unit, inviting the listener in on spirited musical conversations. The opening “Preach's Inches is a soulful, infectious groove that's hard not to dance along to; the subsequent up-tempo “Minor Impact really lets each musician burn. They slow things down with the ballad “Cheerleader. The title ...


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