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Oded Tzur

Described by Downbeat Magazine as “A Volcano on the Ocean Floor“, Oded Tzur’s flair for mystery and narrative captivates audiences worldwide. Based in New York, the saxophonist’s work draws influence from the art of storytelling and explores relationships between ancient and modern musical traditions. His two albums on Enja Records (2015 & 2017) have earned his music the title: “A new type of Swing”, and won extraordinary critical acclaim in Europe, South Africa, Japan, South America, Russia and the US. Tzur’s unique language of improvisation takes the listener on a journey many describe as “musical storytelling”, and evokes deep contrasts between silent passages and dramatic crescendos. Coming from the Tel Aviv jazz scene of the 2000’s, Oded Tzur’s background consisted of rigorous training in a number of musical styles

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Article: Multiple Reviews

2020 Releases Deserving Recognition

Read "2020 Releases Deserving Recognition" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Pandemic or no pandemic, there were a lot of worthwhile jazz CDs released in 2020, more than could be covered within the year. Here are quick reviews of six of them. Benny Rubin Jr. Quartet Know Say Or See Self-Produced 2020 Benny Rubin Jr is a young ...

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Where We Started

Label: Tone Rogue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: I: Preludio; II: Winds, Currents; III: Tunnels, Speed; O Vos Omnes; Nemesis; IV: Marshes, Amphibians; Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess; Where We Started.

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Here Be Dragons

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Here Be Dragons; To Hold Your Hand; 20 Years; Miniature 1; Miniature 2; Miniature 3; The Dream; Can't Help Falling In Love.

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Article: Year in Review

Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Coronavirus, lockdown, election recount, fake news, inspector Javert, Hans Gruber and Lord Voldemort. So, now that most of the uncomfortable topics are dealt with, let's get to the joyful part of 2020, namely the music. As is increasingly the case during the course of the 21st century, the year was filled to the brim with it. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kirk Knuffke, Rick Countryman & Lakecia Benjamin

Read "Kirk Knuffke, Rick Countryman & Lakecia Benjamin" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Saxophonist Ohad Talmor's new release, Long Forms, with his Newsreel sextet has just been released by Intakt Records and it's a must-listen; strong playing by some of the best musicians around, complicated but highly interesting tunes and arrangements, and a fully realized project. Another saxophonist, Rick Countryman, plies his trade in Manila in The Philippines now ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jon Christensen + Carla Bley, Reverso, Jason Palmer & Other New Releases

Read "Jon Christensen + Carla Bley, Reverso, Jason Palmer & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Second part of this week's review of new and upcoming releases [for the first part click here], showcasing new ECM releases by Carla Bley and Oded Tzur, the nordic forays of pianist Alessandro Sgobbio with his new project Silent Fires and a preview of the stunning new album by Jason Palmer which was recorded live at ...

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Article: Album Review

Oded Tzur: Here Be Dragons

Read "Here Be Dragons" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


It's the sound of unresolved resolve. A broader scope of the human scale. That we all ask the same questions, walk down the same roads and it is that migration in, around and through our common, spacious moments and moral corners wherein we reach our conclusions, if not our destinations.That's just part of what ...

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Article: Album Review

Oded Tzur: Here Be Dragons

Read "Here Be Dragons" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


On his previous releases, Like a Great River (Enja, 2016) and Translator's Note (Enja, 2017), New York-based tenor saxophonist Oded Tzur amalgamated Eastern and Western elements and deep, balmy phrasing which drew sincere comparisons to John Coltrane. Not surprisingly, Manfred Eicher took notice and signed the Tel Aviv native to ECM for his third album, Here ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Oded Tzur Quartet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Oded Tzur Quartet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS


Oded Tzur is a tenor saxophonist with a warm sound reminiscent of John Coltrane. He is often praised for his narrative compositions, his unique control over the saxophone's dynamics and his singular “sliding" technique. Originally from Tel Aviv, Trur convincingly bridges Western and Eastern music and studied Indian music with the legendary flutist Hariprasad ...


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