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"As a kid, I used to take trips to the west coast with my parents, visiting family friends and camping at national parks etc… This trio met in 2017, began playing gigs together and soon we had our first “West Coast Tour” at the end of 2017. We repeated the experience in 2018 with fewer mistakes and a deeper musical repertoire. Conner was there from the first trio tour and for the following tour as well. As a kind soul who appreciated the music, he drove us around in Southern California from gig to gig and offered us nice accommodations. He will always be directly associated in my mind with our west coast touring tradition."
"Drummer Ari Hoenig is a master of metric modulation, superimposing displaced rhythmic patterns and time signatures over preexisting ones. His books are the definitive texts on the subject. Nitai Hershkovits is an Israeli jazz pianist known for his collaboration with bassist Avishai Cohen while bassist Or Bareket has Latin and North African influences from his early life in Buenos Aires. The pair has the unusual ability to stay right with Hoenig as he bends and sculpts the pulse of the music.
The twisty time signatures on Hoenig’s title track display the trio’s sharpness immediately. Pretty slash chords vamp as off-beat triplets churn under Hershkovits’ delicate touch. Hoenig is wonderfully precise and never forceful with his music math. The delivery is relaxed, organic and in control. Staple Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II standard “All The Things You Are” gets an interesting 5/4 treatment, Hoenig dropping clipped drum and bass fills as sweet piano suspensions chime in contrast. In his deft solo, Bareket works a riff around sharp chord stabs from the offbeat team. Hershkovits picks up the vibe with some altered lines that build to a feverish pitch.
Even though his time-shifting is very heady stuff, Hoenig’s approach is always very melodic. “For Tracy” has washy rolled chords and a wonderfully lyrical melody; Hoenig’s beat is simple and just a touch elusive as it floats in and out of the bars until he rides out on a lovely indie back-beat jam. Gypsy folk and modern jazz intersect on “Figuration” with its descending bassline in 11. Cole Porter’s “All of You” puts 5 over 4 and swings hard in both. Hershkovits plays some minimal block chords that morph into, first, a surprise bugle call interlude, then a hard swinging solo that ends in ripping ascending thirds. The drum solo out is displaced funky R&B at its best. “Guernsey St. Gooseneck” is more hip-hop with snappy cross stick and stuttering hi-hat. Hoenig’s erudite solo over the tricky ostinato is one of the most exciting passages of the CD.
The trio moves effortlessly in and out of every time shift while sounding very relaxed, rare for such rhythmically dense music."
Brian Charette (September 1, 2019)
The New York City Jazz Record
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