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Rafi Malkiel

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Composer, trombonist and euphonium player Rafi Malkiel, originally from Jerusalem, has shared his talent with audiences around the world, playing Jazz & Latin music in his unique and captivating style. Leading his quintet, Malkiel plays original compositions, as well as unique arrangements fusing Jazz and Latin-American standards with Afro-Caribbean rhythms. The Rafi Malkiel Quintet performs extensively in venues such as the 92 Street Y, The Corcoran Gallery of Arts in Washington, D.C. and The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Small's and more. Rafi was cited in the Recommended Jazz Trombonists list in PBS’ website Jazz, a film by Ken Burns, as well as in The Young Guns of Jazz, trumpeting the best of a new generation, by Chip Deffaa in the New York Post, July 2001. Rafi Malkiel's debut solo album titled My Island will be released in 2007

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Dreaming In Lions

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Despedida: Del Mar; Intruso; Beauty Cocoon; Ensaya Silencio; La Llorona. Dreaming In Lions: Dreaming In Lions; Scalular; How I Love; The Deep; War Bird Man; Struggles And Strugglets; I Wish We Was; Blood In The Water; Dreams So Gold.

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Virtual Birdland

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Gulab Jamon; Pouvoir; Desert; Nightfall; Ana Mashoof; Samba for Carmen; Alafia; En la Oscuridad; Cimarron; Para Los Rumberos.

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Article: Album Review

Arturo O'Farrill: Virtual Birdland

Read "Virtual Birdland" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Whenever an obstacle presents itself--even one as devastating and disruptive as a global pandemic--it's a sure bet that musicians will find a way around it, a way to keep making music even in the most grievous circumstances. Jazz musicians have been especially creative during the Covid-19 scourge, using social media, the internet and any other means ...

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Four Questions

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Baby Jack; Jazz Twins; Four Questions; Clump, Unclump; A Still, Small Voice: Elijah – 1 Kings 19:13; Amidst the Fire and the Whirlwind; Cacophonus; A Still, Small Voice.

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Article: In Pictures

Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at the Sandler Center

Read "Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at the Sandler Center" reviewed by Mark Robbins


In 2007 Arturo O'Farrill founded the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance to “preserve the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz." An integral part of the Alliance is the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The large jazz orchestra, led by O'Farrill on piano, stopped at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach, VA with a smaller version (eight ...

Article: Album Review

Rafi Malkiel: Water

Read "Water" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Acqua non solo nel titolo ma anche fisicamente a irrorare idee, suoni e strumenti del Rafi Malkiel Ensemble. Perché Rafi Malkiel, trombonista e compositore nato a Gerusalemme, costruisce una suite in dodici parti nella quale cerca di tradurre in musica i vari stati e le diverse declinazioni sonore di questo elemento naturale. Perché inventa uno strumento, ...

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My Island

Label: Raftone
Released: 2007
Track listing: Gozambique (Mozambique, Cuba); Black and Tan Fantasy (March, New Orleans); Danza Magica (Fandango, Colombia); Los Tres Juanes (Bolero, Cuba); Nature Boy (Porro-Cumbia, Colombia); Stardust (Danzon-Cha, Cuba); Coballende (Son, Cuba); Blue Bomba - includes

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Rafi Malkiel: My Island

Read "My Island" reviewed by Chip Boaz


Latin jazz artists faces important choices when shaping their debut album. First-time leaders write original music or interpret standards--the resultant repertoire and musical expressions display wisely chosen risks or lack of judgment. Musicians invite guest artists to perform, adding a sense of cohesion or confusion to the album's overall sound. The musical direction deserves careful consideration; ...

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Rafi Malkiel: My Island

Read "My Island" reviewed by Laurel Gross


Will My Island change the course of jazz? As the Gershwin song goes, “Who Cares. We're having too much fun swaying along to dreamy orchestrations and anticipating what may happen next in this world trombonist Rafi Malkiel has conjured out of thin air and musical prowess to worry about such things. His creation ...


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