Bar code: 84 27328 42060 0
3*** by All Music Guide
Amos Hoffman is a relative newcomer to the jazz scene. A permanent member of the Avishai Cohen group, where he plays guitar and laud. Here Hoffman makes his recording debut as a leader, backed by the awesome rhythm section of Avishai on bass and Jorge Rossy (Mehldaus drummer). The very talented Duane Eubanks is featured on trumpet. On this recording Hoffmans personality really emerges, and shows us all the brighter facets of his playing.
1. Doobie Time (Hoffman) - 4:34
2. The Flip (Hoffman) - 4:29
3. Three (Hoffman) - 5:50
4. Memories (Hoffman) - 5:35
5. The Dreamer (Hoffman) - 6:17
6. Francine (Hoffman) - 2:09
7. Blues Time (Hoffman) - 5:17
8. Bookie and Ofi (Hoffman) - 4:17
9. Another Dream (Hoffman) - 3:34
Recorded in New Jersey, February 2, 1999
"From the hills of Jerusalem emerges a musician of great integrity, spirit and soul; with a voice of his own and the strength of character to stay true to his own beautiful spirit. Amos Hoffman is naturlaist - in life, and consequentially in music. His sound is natural and funky. When he plays, vibrations come from deep within the earth, travelling through your body and straight into your heart."
By Jason Lindner, February 1999
"Israeli jazz guitarist Amos Hoffman turns in strong performances on this all-original session, joined by trumpeter Duane Eubanks, bassist Avishai Cohen, and drummer Jorge Rossy. Hoffman displays wit and wisdom throughout a broad range of musical moods, including the opening boogaloo of "Doobie Time," the touching waltz melody of "Three," the biting mid-tempo swing of "The Flip" and "Memories," and the ballad "Bookie & Ofi." Hoffman's tone is of the dry, vintage archtop variety, and he shows it off especially well on the two-minute solo piece, "Francine," which has the flavor of a Monk composition. Eubanks lays out on several occasions, including the haunting and beautiful title track, Hoffman's finest piece of writing for the date."
David R. Adler (All Music Guide)
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