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Yoron Israel

Yoron Israel’s is one of the most sought out musicians of his generation. His latest recording “New Dreams” featuring his group “Trio Plus” continues to receive rave reviews. He has produced other fine works such as “This Moment,” “Visions – The Music of Stevie Wonder,” “Basic Training – Celebrating John Coltrane,” and “A Gift For You,” among others. All feature Yoron’s prolific drumming style, along with his refined compositions, and arrangements. As Jack Dejohnette quotes,“Yoron Israel is a drummer who has excellent taste. He has a sense of direction and a feeling of joy in his drumming, compositions, and arrangements. Yoron Israel is an important voice you should listen to.”


The Middle of Life

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Turnaround; Lament for Ukraine; Snow River; If I Must Go; Paisagem da Janela; the Middle of Life; Twenty Seven; July; Nine Years of Love; Last Words.


Article: Album Review

Christian Artmann: The Middle of Life

Read "The Middle of Life" reviewed by Troy Dostert

As he continues to do his part in maintaining the relevance of the flute in contemporary jazz, Christian Artmann also provides plenty of food for thought in his wide-ranging, thoughtfully constructed compositions. There is a contemplative dimension to his vision, evident on Our Story (Sunnyside, 2018), which explored the interdependency of human relationships through the lens ...


Article: Album Review

Laszlo Gardony: Close Connection

Read "Close Connection" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The close connection between pianist Laszlo Gardony, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel is clear and present in the music they produce together. With more than two decades of shared experiences on the bandstand and a fair number of very fine albums to boot, this crew thinks, breathes and moves as one. For this, their ...


Article: Liner Notes

Yoron Israel: Visions – Tribute to Stevie Wonder

Read "Yoron Israel: Visions – Tribute to Stevie Wonder" reviewed by Howard Mandel

One of the enlightening insights drummer and bandleader Yoron Israel brings to Visions, The Music of Stevie Wonder is that Wonder's hits are true jazz compositions, with inherent swing and groove. Not only have the easy-to-love melodies of Stevland Hardaway Morris (b. May 13, 1950) become staples of the modern American soundtrack, they naturally ...


Article: Interview

Ahmad Jamal: In his Own Sense of Time and Place

Read "Ahmad Jamal: In his Own Sense of Time and Place" reviewed by Josef Woodard

This interview first appeared in the Santa Barbara News-Press on October 2005. The introduction has been updated. For the late, great and uniquely poetic pianist Ahmad Jamal, who passed on at age 92 on April 16, 2023, easy descriptors never sufficed in capturing his particular magic. He was a classicist, a modernist, a minimalist ...


Song of the Day


Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 5:21


Close Connection

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Irrepressible; Strong Minds; Sweet Thoughts; Cedar Tree Dance; All That Remains; Times of Discord; Savanna Sunrise; Walking in Silence; Everybody Needs a Home; Hopeful Vision; Night Run; Cold Earth.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Elvin Jones & Anthony Wonsey

Read "Elvin Jones & Anthony Wonsey" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We begin the first episode of 2022 with Anthony Wonsey celebrating the idea of an entire village raising a musician. The year of 2021 will continue to be a focus on this first episode as we profile the likes of Mafalda Minnozzi, Yoron Israel, Oli Astral and Benjamin Schnake. In between, we hear from legends like ...


New Dreams

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Arioso; Count It All Joy; Hindsight; Lonely Moments; Amaylah's Song; Child's Play; Three Words; Not for Naught/Farewell to Dogma; Morning Song; Picket Fences; Never Forgotten.


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