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A Conversation with Itai Kriss

Read "A Conversation with Itai Kriss" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Itai Kriss's new album, Telavana, beautifully combines latin and middle eastern rhythms and melodies in the most uncontrived way possible, highlighting the excellent musicianship of all the players involved.

Telavana features Itai Kriss on flute, Michael Rodriguez on trumpet, Cesar Orozco on piano, Or Bareket on bass, Marcos Lopez on percussion, Dan Aran ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Itai Kriss and Telavana: Itai Kriss and Telavana

Read "Itai Kriss and Telavana" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A good seven thousand miles separate the Middle East and the Caribbean, but are they truly that far apart? With flutist Itai Kriss and his band, Telavana, spanning the two, that distance seems to vanish.

Kriss, a native Israeli, has spent the past fifteen years immersed in the scene in his adopted home ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eyal Vilner Big Band: Hanukkah

Read "Hanukkah" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although a goodly number of seasonal big-band albums have passed through these portals over the years, this is the first one to our recollection devoted to Hanukkah, the eight-day-long festival of lights that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the time of a successful Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire. As leader ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gabriel Espinosa: Songs Of Bacharach And Manzanero

Read "Songs Of Bacharach And Manzanero" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

American pop sophisticate Burt Bacharach and Mexican bolero icon Armando Manzanero may not seem like a good fit for a binary tribute album, but that combination actually works. Why, you ask? The answer is fairly simple: When you boil down the music that each of those men created, you're left with indelible melodies, beautiful and colorful ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Amos Hoffman: Back To The City

Read "Back To The City" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Amos Hoffman's story is one of departures and returns. This guitarist-oudist cut his teeth in his native Israel, made his way to Amsterdam, and finally ended up in New York in the '90s as part of what could be considered the first wave of Israeli jazz talent to really make an impact on the Big Apple. ...

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Edmar Castaneda World Ensemble - The Jazz Standard On August 11-12 - CD Release Gig

Edmar Castaneda World Ensemble - The Jazz Standard On August 11-12 - CD Release Gig

CD Release Gig! Live At The Jazz Standard Come and celebrate at the Jazz Standard on August 11th and 12th for the release party of the new album by the Edmar Castaneda World Ensemble. Experience these amazing musicians from all over the world who collaborated on this exciting new project—Live At The Jazz Standard. Featuring: Gregoire Maret: Harmonica; Marshall ...

Ayal Tsubery: Decisions

Read "Decisions" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Ayal Tsubery is a Berklee-educated bassist and composer influenced, as he puts it, by ..." jazz, Israeli folk, African and Middle Eastern grooves and old-school gritty rock 'n' roll." On his debut album, Decisions, he brings most of those influences together to create a strong set of tunes--not so much of the gritty rock 'n' roll, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Shauli Einav: Generations

Read "Generations" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The title of saxophonist Shauli Einav's third album, Generations, hints at the breadth of source material the young Israeli-born musician has explored in assembling this collection. Einav contributes two original tunes, “Thermo Blues" and “Renewal," but the bulk of the set comes from the pens of some of the finest writers and players in the history ...

Itai Kriss: The Shark

Read "The Shark" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Swimming through the ocean of jazz, navigating the currents of melodies and harmonies while avoiding the jaws of a shark, can be a blissful experience. There is one shark, though, that needn't be feared, masterfully created by Israeli-born flautist Itai Kriss. The Shark is an exercise in modern hard-bop and Caribbean/Latin rhythms that takes a big ...

Itai Kriss: The Shark

Read "The Shark" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

New and/or notable flute voices in jazz don't seem to come around very often. While scores of saxophonists double on this instrument, very few players that enter the jazz trenches are pure flautists, through and through. When a musician makes the decision to focus solely on an instrument like the flute, they might be narrowing their ...