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Issi Rozen

Israeli-born, Boston-based guitarist Issi Rozen has emerged as a leading performer on the Boston jazz scene, creating a unique musical style by blending Middle Eastern and Latin motifs with post bop and straight ahead jazz. Rozen has created an infectious sound that is dynamic, passionate and seemingly effortless. He has a natural sense for melody and an awesome ability to make his guitar sing. His unique blend of styles has earned The Issi Rozen Quartet rave reviews from jazz critics and audiences nationwide. In 2003, Rozen released his latest recording Dark Beauty on New Step Music. Dark Beauty is a beautiful and powerful extension of Rozen's critically acclaimed releases Homeland Blues and Red Sea (both on Brownstone Recordings)

Dark Beauty

Label: New Step Music
Released: 2004
Track listing: Sheharhoret, Ramat Gan, Dreamland, Segment, Spring, Maya's Blues, Spirits, Sixteen, Inspiration, Geshem

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

An AAJ Interview with Issi Rozen

Read "An AAJ Interview with Issi Rozen" reviewed by AAJ Staff

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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Issi Rozen: Dark Beauty

Read "Dark Beauty" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

After three recordings on Brownstone, guitarist Issi Rozen has released this album on his own label, and it is a lengthy and worthwhile introduction. Most of the 71 minutes are comprised of Rozen's own compositions with a lesser-known Charlie Parker tune, “Segment," and a traditional Israeli song, “Sheharhoret" (the translation of the album's title), are included. ...

Dark Beauty

Label: New Step Music
Released: 2003
Track listing: Sheharhoret, Ramat Gan, Dreamland, Segment, Spring, Maya's Blues, Spirits, Sixteen, Inspiration, Geshem

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Issi Rozen: Dark Beauty

Read "Dark Beauty" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Issi Rozen shows a compact sensibility when he bridges the music of his native Israel and jazz. The blend is seamless – and as the music shows, it can be as warm and cozy as it is jumpy and effervescent. As a guitarist, Rozen has enough texture and color in his hands to paint an interesting ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Issi Rozen: Dark Beauty

Read "Dark Beauty" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

On an initial blind spin of Dark Beauty, the leadership slot isn't readily apparent – to the leader's credit. It could be any one of the quartet members, so balanced are the contributions, with piano and guitar owning a seemingly equal share of the solo time.Israeli-born guitarist Issi Rozen leads the quartet on Dark ...


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