282

Omer Avital: The Ancient Art of Giving

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Omer Avital: The Ancient Art of Giving In a live appearance at Fat Cat in New York, Omer Avital's quintet interprets seven of the bassist's compositions with emotions bared and a collective sigh for the program's connection to tradition. Echoes of Israel combine with a hard bop New York feeling to marry modern jazz with the past.

Trumpeter Avishai Cohen and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner carry the quintet's front line with suave tones and comfortable harmonies. Pianist Aaron Goldberg sparkles with uplifting cascades, while drummer Ali Jackson colors each selection with gritty textures. Throughout the session, the leader urges his partners forward with a forceful walk and a powerful foundation. Reliable at the bottom of the quintet's structure, he propels with a veteran's touch.

The Israeli-born Avital can just as well call New York home. He's been back and forth, teaching, composing, performing, and letting the geographical setting influence his art. His extended bass solo on "Ras Abu-Galum swings with a timeless, melodic, physically driving swing. It's the longest piece on the album, as well as the session's high point. With this one selection, Avital has tied together a multitude of themes that span the globe and a century of jazz.

Arrival stands out for its hip attitude, while "Yes! swings comfortably through shades of New York nights and all of their allure. Both compositions give the quintet plenty of space for musical release; trumpet and tenor float gracefully over a thrilling rhythmic foundation.

Avital's quintet offers themes from around the world and brings them home to stay on The Ancient Art of Giving.


Track Listing: Homeland; Night Song; Ras Abu-Galum; Arrival; Shimis Tune; Bass Introduction; Yes!.

Personnel: Omer Avital: bass; Mark Turner: tenor saxophone; Avishai Cohen: trumpet; Aaron Goldberg: piano; Ali Jackson: drums.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Smalls Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Live in Athens, Greece" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Athens, Greece
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 29, 2016
Read "Flow" CD/LP/Track Review Flow
by Karl Ackermann
Published: August 2, 2016
Read "Five" CD/LP/Track Review Five
by John Sharpe
Published: August 14, 2016
Read "The Volume Surrounding the Task" CD/LP/Track Review The Volume Surrounding the Task
by John Eyles
Published: July 6, 2016
Read "Mettã" CD/LP/Track Review Mettã
by Roger Farbey
Published: February 26, 2016
Read "Desire & Freedom" CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by John Sharpe
Published: January 25, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!