9

Talinka: Rainbow Over Kolonaki

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Talinka: Rainbow Over Kolonaki
These four UK-based artists produce an all-inclusive world view, interlaced with time-honored standards, jazz, ethnocentric frontiers and conventional wisdom amid a music without borders mindset, enhanced by Tali Azmon's full-bodied sultry vocals and emotive output characterized by Billie Holliday and other great jazz divas. In addition to her blustery choruses, she also augments the set by playing the ukulele while often intimating that she lives and breathes the stories of each song.

This internationally recognized band garners support from UK stalwarts, pianist Ross Stanley and percussionist Billy Pod. Essentially, the musicians carve out a largely elegant soundstage without coming across as schmaltzy, where Gilad Atzmon's woodwind performances occasionally mirror the olden days of jazz with inferences of an after-hours nightclub , cloaked with tobacco smoke and surrounded by half-empty booze bottles.

The band spins Frank Sinatra's "I'm a Fool to Want You" into a modern-era torch song with fragile accompaniment and reformation of the primary theme by Stanley and Jenny Bliss Bennett's subtly streaming viola parts. But "Time Runs Out" is a whimsical piece, containing great depth as bassist Yaron Stavi steers the flow via his supple but poignant lines, joined by Gilad Atzmon's harmonious according shadings as the ensemble conveys a scenic view.

The British folk song "Scarborough Fair" was a mega-hit for Simon & Garfunkel and is given sacred treatment atop Gilad Atzmon's contrasting accordion developments and Tali Atzom and Jenny Bliss' harmonizing vocals. Whereas the classic American standard "I'll Be Seeing You" gets an exotic accent with old school mainstream jazz fundamentals to finalize this rather charming endeavor, underscored by the ensemble's distinctive scope of execution and integration of nostalgia into a modern viewpoint.

Track Listing

Rainbow Over Kolonaki; If I Should Lose You; She Moved Through the Fair; I’m a Fool to Want You; Greensleeves; Perdita; Time Runs Out; Scarborough Fair; When Apollo Smiles; I’ll Be Seeing You.

Personnel

Tali Atzmon: voice / vocals; Yaron Stavi: bass, acoustic; Gilad Atzmon: saxophone; Billy Pod: drums; Ross Stanley: keyboards; Jenny Bliss Bennett: viola.

Gilad Atzmon: accordion, guitar, clarinet, saxophones, bass clarinet.

Album information

Title: Rainbow Over Kolonaki | Year Released: 2020 | Record Label: MoonJune Records

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Message from Groove and GW
Message from Groove and GW
The Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band
Read Hard Bop
Hard Bop
Eric Binder
Read Duos & Trios
Duos & Trios
Armaroli - Schiaffini - Sjostrom
Read How Can We Wake?
How Can We Wake?
Josephine Davies
Read Blue Has A Range
Blue Has A Range
Steve Cardenas
Read Then Now
Then Now
Rob Brown - Matthew Shipp
Read Human Dust Suite
Human Dust Suite
Miki Yamanaka
Read You're It!
You're It!
The Mike Melito/Dino Losito Quartet

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.