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Ziv Taubenfeld

Born in the Galil region, Northern Israel, Ziv Taubenfeld started playing the clarinet as part of his primary school orchestra and continued with classical studies guided by Ilya Schwartz at the local conservatory of Karmiel. During that period, following the attraction to low sounds, the bass clarinet was added as a second instrument that soon became Ziv's main focus. His interest in improvised music (fooling around with the orchestras charts or diggin into jazz records) grew bigger after meeting the influential saxophone player Albert Beger who opened up a road that eventually led to further studies of the bass clarinet with Michael Moore in the Netherlands. ​ Moving to Amsterdam has encouraged Ziv to inspiring collaborations with a wide variety of artists from the city's improvised music scene and it's satelite musicians

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Borderlands Trio, Amir ElSaffar & Michael Attias

Read "Borderlands Trio, Amir ElSaffar & Michael Attias" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode is packed with music from several new releases. Stephan Crump's Borderlands Trio leads things off with a track from Wandersphere's set of riveting extended songs. Then come tunes from William Parker, a pair of bands from Poland—Kwasny Desczc and saxophonist Michal Bak's Quartetto, Canadian bassist Nick Adema, Chilean saxophonist now living in France—Diego Manuschevich, ...

Album

Reptiles

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Moondoctor; Reptiles A; Book; Reptiles B; Drops; Reptiles C; Water.

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Bones: Reptiles

Read "Reptiles" reviewed by John Sharpe


The barely-there pastel-colored turtle adorning the cover of Reptiles gives an elegant visual summary of the skeletal but attractive content inside. It's the third release from a young Israeli trio led by Amsterdam-based bass clarinetist Ziv Taubenfeld, which includes his fellow countrymen bassist Shay Hazan and drummer Nir Sabag. Recorded in November 2017 in Netherlands, the ...

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Tower Jazz Composers Orch. & Daniel Bernardes

Read "Tower Jazz Composers Orch. & Daniel Bernardes" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Improvisation is the core of clarinetist Ben Goldberg's Good Day For Cloud Fishing, and not just the music. His fascination with poet Dean Young's work led to the creation of this album where the trio of Goldberg, Nels Cline and Ron Miles improvised upon a musical sketch that Goldberg wrote based upon one of Young's poems. ...

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Steve Swell, Ziv Taubenfeld & Ivo Perelman

Read "Steve Swell, Ziv Taubenfeld & Ivo Perelman" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode carries on from the previous, playing music from a some of the important independent labels that keep creative music alive. ESP-Disk has been around, survived one crash in the 80s, and is still releasing great music. Son Of Local Colour is a 50-year-later follow up to English pianist Peter Lemer's original Local Colour album ...

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KUHN FU Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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In the second of two instalments dedicated to great international talents living in The Netherlands, this week we focus on Kuhn Fu, led by guitarist Christian Kühn. In this live performance they their new album Chain the Snake in March 2019, with bass clarinetist Ziv Taubenfeld adding a deeper dimension to the music. Their ...

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Steph Richards, Kuba Plużek and More

Read "Steph Richards, Kuba Plużek and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The much-acclaimed Australian saxophonist Sandy Evans' passion for combining jazz improvisation and Indian music continues unabated on her latest recording Bridge of Dreams. She brought together some top musicians from India, including the incredible vocalist Shubha Mudgal, Sandy's frequent accompanist tabla player Bobby Singh and the Sirens Big Band from Sydney for the project. Recently, the ...

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Russ Lossing, Jasper Blom and More

Read "Russ Lossing, Jasper Blom and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Sometimes a recording catches you by surprise. Such is the case with Swedish bassist Thomas Markusson's Open. Only one of the musicians was familiar, the pianist Naoko Sakata who moved from Japan to Sweden where she could play the kind of music that wasn't popular in Japan. Sakata definitely found the right company. Markusson is a ...

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Bones: Haberdashery

Read "Haberdashery" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Un trio felicemente strutturato, a nome collettivo ma il cui nume tutelare appare senz'altro Ziv Taubenfeld, autore di tutto il materiale proposto, ci si rivela in questo bel lavoro, fresco di stampa per i tipi della Leo Records. A differenza di una generosa fetta produttiva della casa russo-londinese, infatti, qui le strutture espositive sono ben presenti ...


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