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The Omer Avital Group: Asking No Permission

Read "Asking No Permission" reviewed by Brian P. Lonergan

The Omer Avital Group was a mainstay at New York's Smalls club in the mid '90s. An unfortunate turn of events with record companies suppressed the bassist/composer's major label debut, and in recent years Avital has spent more time working and studying in his native Israel. But with the release of Asking No Permission and a ...

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Omer Avital Group: Asking No Permission

Read "Asking No Permission" reviewed by Paul Olson

Omer Avital's new release, Asking No Permission, isn't actually new at all. Rather, it's the first of the projected four-disc series The Smalls Years, presenting live performances of bassist/composer Omer Avital's group at the West Village Smalls nightclub in 1996-97. It's not unheard of for a label to release archival live performances simply because, well, they've ...

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The Omer Avital Group: Asking No Permission

Read "Asking No Permission" reviewed by Jim Santella

In a live 1996 session at Smalls in New York, Omer Avital leads this stellar sextet through a program of six originals and one standard. Nothing is standard, however, about the way this double bassist interprets modern jazz.

A “young lion on the New York jazz scene, Avital was born in Israel. He studied ...