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Roni Ben-Hur

Year by year, Guitarist Roni Ben-Hur has been building an increasingly stellar reputation for himself since he first migrated from his native Israel to New York City, back in 1985. A passionate leader, player, composer-arranger, published author and respected educator, Roni now stands as one of the elite players in modern jazz. Keepin' it Open, his fifth release and his debut on the Motema imprint elevates his game yet another notch or two as he leads a company of fellow jazz greats - pianist Ronnie Matthews, drummer Lewis Nash, bassist Santi Debriano, percussionist Steve Kroon and new trumpet sensation Jeremy Pelt through a very personal and multicultural jazz adventure. A virtuoso guitarist with impeccable swing, Ben-Hur acquits himself with equal parts fire and finesse on Keepin' it Open, a versatile collection that runs the stylistic gamut from the engaging standard "Can't We Be Friends" to the exotic, emotionally-charged treatment of the Sephardic folk melody "Eshkolit." There is a gorgeous rendition of Dori Cayimi's "Like a Lover," a dramatic arrangement of the hauntingly beautiful Spanish classical number "Andaluza," and Roni's connection to his mentor Barry Harris is honored on the swinging tribute track "My Man, Harris," which the guitarist and his stellar crew take at a breakneck pace

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Article: Radio

Juno Nominees, New Releases Plus Birthday Shout-outs For Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marian McPartland And More As Womens History Month Continues

Read "Juno Nominees, New Releases Plus Birthday Shout-outs For Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marian McPartland And More As Womens History Month Continues" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features Juno nominees, new releases from vocalists Sarah Moule, Sarah Jerrom, Janis Siegel and guitarist David Howard plus birthday shoutouts to Elis Regina, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marian McPartland, Michele Rosewoman, and Deanna Witkowski, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown.

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Article: Radio

New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts As Women's History Month Continues

Read "New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts As Women's History Month Continues" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Now in full swing, Women's History Month continues—this broadcast features new releases from Jane Monheit, Rebecca Dumaine, Yelena Eckemoff, Roni Ben-Hur and Kenney Polson with birthday shoutouts to Keely Smith, Shirley Scott, Nicki Parrott, Judy Niemack, Anat Fort, Miki Yamanaka, Bobby McFerrin and Mark Murphy, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...

Album

Brazilian Whispers

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Double Rainbow; Passarim; Waters of March; Amparo; Sonho e Cores; Samba Medley; Never Let Me Go; Ligia; Girl from Ipanema; Triste e Solitario; Espaço Aberto.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Four Vocalists: Clifton Davis, Tania Grubbs,, CeCe Gable, Samoa Wilson

Read "Four Vocalists: Clifton Davis, Tania Grubbs,, CeCe Gable, Samoa Wilson" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


These are four recent vocal releases that all deserve attention. Clifton Davis Never Can Say Goodbye Self Produced 2020 Clifton Davis is known variously as a singer, actor and licensed minister but he is also a successful songwriter, his most famous tune being “Never Can Say Goodbye," an ...

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Article: Radio

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: Bailey's Bundles

Five Artists: February 2020

Read "Five Artists: February 2020" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Andrea Brachfeld Brazilian Whispers Origin Records 2020 The flute as the lead instrument in any jazz combo relies on an empathic and sensitive rhythm section that will not overpower the wind instrument's delicate voice (Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson notwithstanding). Flautist Andrea Brachfeld happens upon a dandy rhythm section in pianist ...

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Article: Profile

Brother Thelonious Re-Released At California North Coast Jazz and Ale House

Read "Brother Thelonious Re-Released At California North Coast Jazz and Ale House" reviewed by Arthur R George


"Brother Thelonious," an ale named in tribute to pianist Thelonious Monk using a Belgian Trappist brew style, is flowing again out of the North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, California and its jazz-devoted performance venue, The Sequoia Room. An intermission in production occurred after a dispute between North Coast Brewing and the Estate of the ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Roni Ben Hur Brings His Trio To Blues Alley On March 20

Roni Ben Hur Brings His Trio To Blues Alley On March 20

Critically acclaimed guitarist Roni Ben-Hur will perform with his trio, featuring bassist Harvie S and drummer Sylvia Cuenca, at Blues Alley on March 20. Ben-Hur– born in Israel in 1962 but a longtime American citizen, based in jny: New York City—has recorded more than a dozen albums as leader or co-leader. The Blues Alley show is ...

Article: Album Review

Leny Andrade, Roni Ben-Hur: Alegria de Viver

Read "Alegria de Viver" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Tra le voci storiche della musica brasiliana, Leny Andrade è una delle meno note al pubblico internazionale. Eppure è tra le massime interpreti della musica sudamericana e lo conferma -all'età di 72 anni -in questo ultimo album, registrato in duo col chitarrista Roni Ben-Hur. Sorretta da un timbro dalla venatura polverosa, che negli anni ha aggiunto ...


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