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Alon Nechushtan: Dark Forces

Read "Dark Forces" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The idea of placing a variety of daring instrumental personalities within different electronic-based sound collage nightmares is bold but, ultimately, hard to classify or grab onto. Dark Forces can't truly be called electronic music since the whole point of the music surrounds the integration of electronic and human elements, and it's hard to view it as free improvisation, since Alon Nechustan has painstakingly painted each musical canvas. Some might call it ambient music, but that tag usually describes a more ...

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Alon Nechushtan: Words Beyond

Read "Words Beyond" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Pianist Alon Nechushtan is in the thick of things, amid a vibrant New York City jazz culture that often spawns deviating tangents and inventive ideologies. Indeed, the pianist reveals astounding technical faculties and a far-reaching approach to composition. Nechushtan's jazz-klezmer band TALAT, amid numerous forays into modern jazz and unconventional settings, intermittently gels to the beat of a markedly different drummer The program conveys Nechushtan's unbounded vision, as he overhauls the tried and true. With the musicians' pristine ...

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Alon Nechushtan: Words Beyond

Read "Words Beyond" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Playing jazz can be like driving a car. Sometimes you can sit back, rely on cruise control, and simply revel in a straightforward journey, but more precise maneuvering is often required. Lightning quick reflexes, an ability to comfortably navigate hairpin turns, and a strong directional sense are equally important, and pianist Alon Nechushtan exhibits all of these traits from behind the driver's seat on Words Beyond. The left-leaning klezmer jazz that Nechushtan delivered with his Talat band ...

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Alon Nechushtan: The Growl

Read "The Growl" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

There are many reasons to be suspicious about the sudden--if not superficial--revival of Eastern European Jewish folk music, ie. klezmer, in the States, especially when examining the catalogue of the Radical Jewish Culture series of John Zorn's Tzadik imprint. Many young outfits which emerge from New York's Downtown scene or innovative music academies, stating that they are influenced by some of the main active players of that scenes--such as reed players Marty Ehrlich and Daniel Carter, in the case of ...

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Alon Nechushtan: The Growl

Read "The Growl" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

There are more than a few welcome surprises on The Growl. Where one would expect jazz-inflected variations on Jewish sounds, the result is bigger and grander than that. This quintet brings something unexpected to every track, playing blues, funk and even mellower styles. The nine-minute opening title track begins with what at first seems an incoherent blend of sounds, but it soon evolves into a Middle Eastern-inspired groove that showcases saxophonist Marc Mommaas and trumpeter Matt Shulman, ...


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