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Assaf Kehati

NEW ALBUM REVIEWS: • "An impressive musical production from start to finish". MUSES MUSE. • "A new chapter of modern jazz". EJAZZNEWS. • "A master musical sculptor". ALL ABOUT JAZZ.

Playing regularly with drummer Billy Hart and performed at the Blue Note, NYC, the Washington DC Jazz Festival, and the Regattabar, New England Cable News, the MuzEnergo International Jazz Festival, Russia and for the TV show Jazz Talk, RI.

His compositions are inspired by the daily and trivial, yet wonderful and significant experiences of life: from a winter, snow-laden view of Fenway Park from his apartment porch (A View From My Window), to the mundane but satisfying life of a snail (Sunshine Berale), to a girl seeking love in a land beyond the oceans (The Snow and the Sun), and to a story about the universal character, Mr

Naked

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: Song For Saba; Long Ago And Far Away; Naked; Beneath The Almond Tree; Someday My Prince Will Come; The Horses' Fight; When Will The Blues Leave; Nathan Bo Rega; Outro.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Assaf Kehati Trio: Naked

Read "Naked" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Guitarist Assaf Kehati's Naked is, as the title insinuates, an adornment free celebration of melody in a spare and intimate setting. Unlike his two earlier recordings Naked features Kehati without a saxophonist and with a new rhythm duo on an introspective set of his expressive originals and three standards.On the cinematic “The Horses' Fight" ...

Naked

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Song For Saba; Long Ago And Far Away; Naked; Beneath The Almond Tree; Someday My Prince Will Come; The Horses' Fight; When Will The Blues Leave; Nathan Bo Rega; Outro.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Assaf Kehati Trio: Naked

Read "Naked" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A progressive jazz guitarist with a preference for the electric strings and a light touch, Assaf Kehati unveils his third album Naked since arriving from Israel in 2007 and establishing himself as a modern force to be reckoned with. Kehati offers an album of primarily original music conveying a story behind every piece beginning with the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Assaf Kehati Trio: Naked

Read "Naked" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Assaf Kehati has never been one to hide behind the impenetrable or the opaque; his art has always been centered on clarity of thought and communicative expressionism, yet he's reached a new level of musical directness and comprehensibility with Naked. On this, his third release, Kehati winnows away anything that could remotely ...

Flowers And Other Stories

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011
Track listing: Calling Me Home; Mr. Mario; Tali; The Most Beautiful Flower; The Snow And The Sun; Don't Attack; Invisible Green.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Assaf Kehati: Flowers And Other Stories

Read "Flowers And Other Stories" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Dynamic tension and release is an under-explored avenue in jazz. While composers and performers of this music seem to come out of institutes of higher learning with advanced harmonic knowledge, allowing them to create stunningly complex chords that resolve in an amiable fashion, these very musicians are often incapable of using the same techniques when dealing ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Assaf Kehati Quartet: Finding Its Own Voice

Read "Assaf Kehati Quartet: Finding Its Own Voice" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Israeli guitarist Assaf Kehati, Boston-based since 2007, is a regular in drummer Billy Hart's outfits. His melodic compositions are, he says, inspired by the details of daily life. He cites as influences composers who have blurred the distinctions between folk/pop and more sophisticated music--Hector Berlioz, George Gershwin, guitarist Pat Metheny, Sting and even country singer Kenny ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Ken Hohman's Best Releases of 2010

Read "Ken Hohman's Best Releases of 2010" reviewed by Ken Hohman

Year end lists seem to overlook so much, but in a way that's a good thing. After all, it means that good jazz is plentiful these days. The truth of the matter is I spent a great deal of 2010 exploring all the overlooked releases from the past two years. And with so much jazz being ...


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