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Shlomo Gronich CD discography Alon Yavnai's second recording as a leader reflects his heritage as a native Israeli, as he plays music with a spiritual base that is brought into modern times. There are distinct parallels between Yavnai's music and that of Avishai Cohen, Sam Barsh, Fahir Atakoglu, and Plamen Karadonev in that their foundation lies in their ethnic roots, with jazz as a melodic, but not rhythmic inspiration. Percussionist Jamey Haddad has a lot to do with his, as he employs hands or brushes on drums only -- no sticks. Bassist Omer Avital is also oriented more in a world fusion than mainstream jazz manner, yet the elements of blues and improvisation are freely utilized. What is most striking about Yavnai's music is the sheer imagery he conjures. The title track evokes an arid journey through the Middle East, with Avital playing a little oud. Both "Bayit" and "Yakinton" are based on children's songs, the former in a darker, mysterious mood, the latter in a Biblical folkish hum-along. Yavnai plays solo piano on "Yakinton," the modified, free and traditional lullaby "Numi Numi," a minimalist and beautiful love song "Shir Ahava Tari," and the pensive tribute to Take Toriyama "Sof." Haddad is a master of multi-ethnic idioms, but shines in the Jewish and Arabic derived musics with his spare, shaded accents, shuffling along during "Yoman." He urges the trio to establish and dissipate loose liquid phrases in 6/8 during "Yonatan," and during the album's best effort "Ilha B'nit" the collective triad both infers soul and spirit in a mode that suggests the slightest fine line of dance music. Yavnai is a wondrous, eminently listenable and accessible player, easily appealing to fans of the aforementioned artists, as well as Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and Robert Glasper. The development of his music, and how far he advances it, is part of a journey well worth taking for those interested in hopping on board. That you don't know Alon Yavnai's name is irrelevant -- he is playing great, fresh and original contemporary music that you absolutely need, whether you realize it or not. ~ Michael G. Nastos
Pianist Alon Yavnai, winner of the 2008 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album as part of the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet for the album “Funk Tango,” takes center stage as a soloist and trio leader after years of exceptional collaboration with artists like Paquito D’Rivera, Nancy Wilson, Rosa Passos, Joe Lovano and Yo-Yo Ma.Travel Notes is a musical diary of pianist Alon Yavnai’s life as a touring musician with a multi-national upbringing, including influences from ...
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Shlomo Gronich music CDs Track Listing of songs: Dahomeyan Rhapsody; Trio pathétique, for clarinet; Gloria, for 3 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, oboe, violin; Rumba, for 4 guitars, Op. 55; Idomeneo, rè di Creta, opera, K. 366: Ballet Music: Gavotte; Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Lily O'Grady; Champagner-Polka, musical scherzo ...