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Omer Avital


Since October 1995, The Omer Avital Group has quickly become one of New York's most acclaimed jazz bands. The New York Times said of the group: "Expressive, powerful and well-informed, the sextet doesn't have a weak link". Avital was born in the small Israeli town of Givataim to parents of Moroccan and Yemenite descent. His formal training began at age 11, when he entered the Givataim Conservatory to study classical guitar. It was upon entering Talma Yalin, Israel's leading High School for the Arts, that Avital's interest switched towards jazz. He switched his focus to the acoustic bass, and soon became the leader of the school's jazz ensemble for which he wrote all the arrangements

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Article: Interview

Emilio Solla: The Chemistry of Music

Read "Emilio Solla: The Chemistry of Music" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


Emilio Solla is an Argentinian, New York-based pianist and composer who mixes classical, jazz, and tango idioms. He has received two Grammy nominations and won a Latin Grammy Award for Puertos: Music From International Waters (Avantango Records, 2019). He has recorded eleven albums as a bandleader and more than forty music projects in different capacities.

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Ido Spak

Read "Take Five with Ido Spak" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Ido Spak Ido Spak's jazz journey: Ido Spak is a composer, arranger and pianist. He concentrates on jazz-fusion with the influence of classical techniques and Middle Eastern music. Ido wishes to bring new things to jazz and combine new rhythms and new ways of improvisation. Ido Spak writes music for films and has experience as ...

Album

New York Paradox

Label: Jazz&People
Released: 2020
Track listing: Shabazi; Zohar Smiles; NY Paradox; Just Like The River Flows; It's All Good; Today's Blues; C'est Clair; Bushwick After Dark.

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Article: Year in Review

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


2020 was a wretched year in many respects. In the jazz world alone, a number of musicians succumbed to COVID-19 and live performance almost became non-existent. Despite all that there were still a lot of stimulating and excellent recordings released in the past year. Here is a list of my personal best. Some reflected the issues ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New releases & Anniversary Blue Notes

Read "New releases & Anniversary Blue Notes" reviewed by Marc Cohn


First show of the month means Blue Notes! But there's only one 50th anniversary celebration: Big John Patton's Memphis to New York Spirit. Never fear, though, there's more from Blue Note ahoy: the 60th anniversary of Back to the Tracks from saxophonist Tina Brooks; a great new band, Artemis; and classic James P. Johnson from BN-27. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Israeli Expats in NYC: Omer Avital, Anat Cohen, Avishai Cohen, and More

Read "Israeli Expats in NYC: Omer Avital, Anat Cohen, Avishai Cohen, and More" reviewed by Russell Perry


Fueled by the arrival of guitarist Roni Ben-Hur in 1985 and bassists Omer Avital and Avishai Cohen in the late nineties, a network of Israeli musicians have steadily filtered into New York over the past twenty years. Several have risen to the highest levels of acclaim. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Lynne Arriale Quartet “Dance ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Itamar Shapiro

Read "Take Five with Itamar Shapiro" reviewed by Itamar Shapiro


Meet Itamar Shapiro Itamar Shapiro is an Israeli drummer based in New York City. He is a 2019 graduate of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and over the years has played with world-renowned artists such as Sullivan Fortner, Joel Frahm and more. He played and recorded with his own groups and has performed ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Majel Connery, Omer Avital, Nick Cave, Vijay Iyer and More New Releases

Read "Majel Connery, Omer Avital, Nick Cave, Vijay Iyer and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we go through another delicious stash of new and upcoming releases, many of them launched on Bandcamp on 1 May for the 'waived fee' events the website is promoting every first Friday of the month to support musicians in the time of Covid19. The cherry on top? The much anticipated first single, sung by ...

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Article: Album Review

Omer Avital Qantar: New York Paradox

Read "New York Paradox" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Israeli bassist and composer Omer Avital and his group Qantar, offer their second album, New York Paradox, producing a musical sound in a unique, splashy and audacious style which is quite riveting. The uniqueness here extends to the members of this quintet who have formed a special bond which is quite evident when they are performing. ...


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