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"Sometimes the jazz fairy really is listening. I was spooling through some old stuff recently, after writing a posthumous appreciation of Hamiet Bluiett and thought to myself I wonder if there are any good young baritone players coming through that I haven’t heard of? And then Night turns up in the mail.
I’d forgotten Eden Bareket, despite having heard his previous Fresh Sound outing Choice, which features the same personnel. The brother on bass is a literal brother. Or Bareket has a big, rumbly sound, which fills in a lot of the picture that would otherwise have been taken up by keyboards or guitar. He’s terrific at the start of Night Creatures, panther-heavy but with a sting in the harmonics, and he always complements Eden’s Bluiett-like attraction to the upper register, though you’ll find that every second commentator insists that Hamiet was happiest down in the basement. Drummer Felix Locaros is a real find, a genuinely exciting player who regards his kit as a musical instrument rather than something attached to a lathe. His chase figures on Baccatum are just terrific.
How to characterise the music? Well, if I were to say that the Barekets are Argentine-born Israelis who have made the (no longer inevitable but still desirable) transition to New York City, then you’d have more than an inkling how this goes. Lost Melody, taken on bass clarinet, is the only non-original. It’s credited to Matt Caspi, Israel’s leading Latin music exponent, and yes, I know that sounds a trifle unlikely. But think how someone like Ivo Perelman has blended together elements of up-country Brazilian music, Old World folk forms and some classical/new music. Bareket does something similar. Strangely, I often thought of early Gato Barberi stuff when listening to Night. Though an Argentinian, Gato was much influenced by Brazil and by the European avant-garde, so the pitching and liking for altissimo (as a structural device, not an add-on) is engagingly similar.
Favourite track? Canadian Sea Monster or the brisk authority of You’re Wrong or Escaping the Moment. Can’t decide.
Maybe I’ll forget Bareket again in a few weeks. Which will be just fine, because a next album will be the greater surprise."
Brian Morton (May 15, 2019)
"Baritone saxist Eden Bareket creates a rich post bop trio with Or Bareket/b and Felix Lecaros/dr on this nine song disc of originals. He’s got a big, fat and meaty sound, swooping into subtone territory when he digs deep with the bass on “Night Creatures” and creating a thick London Fog on “Escaping the Moment” and bel canto opening solo intro. His 5/4 dance on “Birds” is a Serengeti stampede and his growl for “Baccatum” is a roaring lion with his pads clip clopping to Lecaros’ drum pattern on “Children’s Play.” A rich and warm “Lost Melody” features his breathy bass clarinet before he closes with a staccato’d attack on “You’re Wrong.” Heavyweight punches with a TKO."
George W. Harris (January 31, 2019)
"There are plenty of rapid, skittering, minimalist moments on Night, young baritone saxophonist Eden Bareket's shadowy sophomore effort. In a smoky, late-night jam, with the moon hovering over the Brooklyn Bridge, Bareket runs the range of his instrument on eight lean and feisty originals and Matti Caspi's "Lost Melody."
Bareket's solos are dark, sonorous, slippery concoctions as they wind their rubbery way, banking tight corners and wide turns, while his sinewy rhythm section of bassist brother Or Bareket and drummer Felix Lecaros create a forceful, nocturnal magnetism around him. "Birds" opens Night with a honking fanfare, the trio immediately deploying the energetic and adventurous flexibility they've honed and finely tuned since Choice (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2016.) Credit "Baccatum" and "Night Creatures" as examples of Bareket's evolving sense of composition, sounding simultaneously like an all-out blowing session as well as thought-out structures."
Mike Jurkovic (December 13, 2018)
"A young sax trio that knows how it is to sound like you're playing under the bridge, they let the late night New York vibe fly hitting notes just short of skronk. With a vibe that can turn any day part in to after hours, these cats have what it takes to blow up a storm with nary a cloud in sight."
Chris Spector (November 9, 2018)
"New York City is still the jazz capital of the world. For about a century, young musicians have gone there from nearly every country to be in the midst of the growth and ferment of music that is in a constant state of change and challenge. The baritone saxophonist Eden Bareket is relatively new to the city. Bareket was born in Buenos Aires, grew up in Israel and has been a New Yorker since 2013. The trio featuring him, his bassist brother, Or, and Chilean drummer Felix Lecaros is in growing demand as a unit, and its members get frequent calls for assorted individual gigs on the New York scene. In command of the baritone sax from its lowest register to the altissimo range, Bareket’s new album Night also demonstrates his scope as a composer. All of the pieces are his except Matti Caspi’s “Lost Melody,” which Bareket arranged. “Baccatum” illustrates his touch as a composer, the solo abilities of all three, and the group interaction that enlivens every track. In addition to the CD version, they recorded it in a YouTube video."
Doug Ramsey (November 15, 2018)
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