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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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Stories

Label: Dot Time Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: La Serena; Something for Kenny; But I Had to Say Goodbye; Ma'of; Ha'omnam; After the Morning; A Redoblar; Melodious Funk.

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Article: Album Review

Roni Ben-Hur: Stories

Read "Stories" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Guitarist Roni Ben-Hur, originally from Israel, has absorbed a lot of different cultures and styles into his music. That is reflected on this CD in the variety of music played here: straight ahead jazz as well as Latin and Middle Eastern folk melodies. Mexican singer Magos Herrera brings a sense of husky passion to ...

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Article: Album Review

Roni Ben-Hur: Stories

Read "Stories" reviewed by John Chacona


Guitarist Roni Ben-Hur is an old soul. Uninterested in ostentation, the Israeli-born guitarist has been content to release a series of warm-hearted recordings that favor partnership over pomposity. Half his 12 leader dates have been duets or are co-credited. Stories isn't one of them, but it might as well be. This is an ensemble recording, patient ...

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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 ...

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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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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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