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Oded Tzur: Here Be Dragons

Read "Here Be Dragons" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It's the sound of unresolved resolve. A broader scope of the human scale. That we all ask the same questions, walk down the same roads and it is that migration in, around and through our common, spacious moments and moral corners wherein we reach our conclusions, if not our destinations.That's just part of what you'll gather from Israeli born/New York biding saxophonist Oded Tzur's hugely bracing and all encompassing ECM debut. Of course the dragons are right outside ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Oded Tzur: Here Be Dragons

Read "Here Be Dragons" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On his previous releases, Like a Great River (Enja, 2016) and Translator's Note (Enja, 2017), New York-based tenor saxophonist Oded Tzur amalgamated Eastern and Western elements and deep, balmy phrasing which drew sincere comparisons to John Coltrane. Not surprisingly, Manfred Eicher took notice and signed the Tel Aviv native to ECM for his third album, Here Be Dragons. Along with the new label comes a revised lineup; pianist Nitai Hershkovits replaces Shai Maestro, and drummer Ziv Ravitz is ...

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Oded Tzur Quartet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Oded Tzur Quartet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Oded Tzur is a tenor saxophonist with a warm sound reminiscent of John Coltrane. He is often praised for his narrative compositions, his unique control over the saxophone's dynamics and his singular “sliding" technique. Originally from Tel Aviv, Trur convincingly bridges Western and Eastern music and studied Indian music with the legendary flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia at the Rotterdam conservatory. He currently resides in New York where he is part of the growing scene of remarkable Israeli jazz expats. ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Oded Tzur: Translator's Note

Read "Translator's Note" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Translator's Note is an outstanding release from the Tel Aviv native, now New York-based tenor saxophonist Oded Tzur. As he did on his debut outing Like a Great River (Enja Records, 2016), Tzur merges jazz and elements of Indian music. Rather than playing the two styles off each other, he finds the common ground between the two and creates an organic hybrid that plays to what he envisions as their natural powers. The debut quartet is still intact ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Oded Tzur: Translator's Note

Read "Translator's Note" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

If music has the potential to tell stories, saxophonist Oded Tzur proves himself one of the jazz world's premier storytellers on Translator's Note. “Single Mother," the tune that opens the set, is a vibrant novelette, haunting and atmospheric, riding on the undertones of Indian classical music--a winding tale that gathers intensity and momentum, a sculpting of sounds that is by turns exotically lovely and searingly anguished. Schooled in a myriad of musical styles, the supremely cohesive set is ...


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