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Year by year, Guitarist Roni Ben-Hur has been building an increasingly stellar reputation for himself since he first migrated from his native Israel to New York City, back in 1985. A passionate leader, player, composer-arranger, published author and respected educator, Roni now stands as one of the elite players in modern jazz. Keepin' it Open, his fifth release and his debut on the Motema imprint elevates his game yet another notch or two as he leads a company of fellow jazz greats - pianist Ronnie Matthews, drummer Lewis Nash, bassist Santi Debriano, percussionist Steve Kroon and new trumpet sensation Jeremy Pelt through a very personal and multicultural jazz adventure. A virtuoso guitarist with impeccable swing, Ben-Hur acquits himself with equal parts fire and finesse on Keepin' it Open, a versatile collection that runs the stylistic gamut from the engaging standard "Can't We Be Friends" to the exotic, emotionally-charged treatment of the Sephardic folk melody "Eshkolit." There is a gorgeous rendition of Dori Cayimi's "Like a Lover," a dramatic arrangement of the hauntingly beautiful Spanish classical number "Andaluza," and Roni's connection to his mentor Barry Harris is honored on the swinging tribute track "My Man, Harris," which the guitarist and his stellar crew take at a breakneck pace

Brazilian Whispers

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Double Rainbow; Passarim; Waters of March; Amparo; Sonho e Cores; Samba Medley; Never Let Me Go; Ligia; Girl from Ipanema; Triste e Solitario; Espaço Aberto.

Five Artists: February 2020

Read "Five Artists: February 2020" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Andrea Brachfeld Brazilian Whispers Origin Records 2020 The flute as the lead instrument in any jazz combo relies on an empathic and sensitive rhythm section that will not overpower the wind instrument's delicate voice (Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson notwithstanding). Flautist Andrea Brachfeld happens upon a dandy rhythm section in pianist ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Brother Thelonious Re-Released At California North Coast Jazz and Ale House

Read "Brother Thelonious Re-Released At California North Coast Jazz and Ale House" reviewed by Arthur R George

"Brother Thelonious," an ale named in tribute to pianist Thelonious Monk using a Belgian Trappist brew style, is flowing again out of the North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, California and its jazz-devoted performance venue, The Sequoia Room. An intermission in production occurred after a dispute between North Coast Brewing and the Estate of the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Roni Ben Hur Brings His Trio To Blues Alley On March 20

Roni Ben Hur Brings His Trio To Blues Alley On March 20

Critically acclaimed guitarist Roni Ben-Hur will perform with his trio, featuring bassist Harvie S and drummer Sylvia Cuenca, at Blues Alley on March 20. Ben-Hur– born in Israel in 1962 but a longtime American citizen, based in jny: New York City—has recorded more than a dozen albums as leader or co-leader. The Blues Alley show is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Leny Andrade, Roni Ben-Hur: Alegria de Viver

Read "Alegria de Viver" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Tra le voci storiche della musica brasiliana, Leny Andrade è una delle meno note al pubblico internazionale. Eppure è tra le massime interpreti della musica sudamericana e lo conferma -all'età di 72 anni -in questo ultimo album, registrato in duo col chitarrista Roni Ben-Hur. Sorretta da un timbro dalla venatura polverosa, che negli anni ha aggiunto ...

Steve Herberman, Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes

Read "Steve Herberman,  Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous, our third installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music. This installment includes a diverse group ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Guitarist/Composer Roni Ben-Hur Celebrates 30 Years On The NYC Jazz Scene With Two Nights At The Kitano!

Guitarist/Composer Roni Ben-Hur Celebrates 30 Years On The NYC Jazz Scene With Two Nights At The Kitano!

RONI BEN-HUR CELEBRATES 30 YEARS ON THE NYC JAZZ SCENE WITH TWO NIGHTS AT THE KITANO, NYC FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JULY 11 & 12 Showtimes are 8 & 10 PM On Friday & Saturday, July 11 & 12 at The Kitano, guitarist/composer/bandleader Roni Ben-Hur celebrates 30 years on the New York City jazz scene ...

Our Thing

Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2012
Track listing: Green Chimneys; Milonga For Mami; Fotografia; Afroscopic; Anna's Dance; Isabella; Earl's Key; Suave; Ela e Carioca; Let's Face The Music and Dance.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Roni Ben-Hur & Santi Debriano Featuring Duduka Da Fonseca: Our Thing

Read "Our Thing" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Recorded in early 2011, Our Thing marks the first studio collaboration of guitarist Roni Ben-Hur and bassist Santi Debriano. They have worked together in a live setting on numerous occasions and are joined, in this endeavor, by drummer/percussionist Duduka Da Fonseca, who brings an extra flavor to the music.The CD opens with Thelonious Monk's ...


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