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Saxophonist Eli Degibri attended the Berklee College of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory, from which he graduated with honors. For three years, he toured worldwide with the Grammy-award winning Herbie Hancock and his Sextet. Degibri currently performs and tours with the legendary drummer Al Foster, the Charles Mingus Big Band, as well as the Eli Degibri Quintet. His acclaimed debut CD, In the Beginning, was released in 2004. Emotionally Available is his second release for Fresh Sound Records.
Eli Degibri is part of a wave of Israeli-born jazzers made welcome in the subterranean ambiance of Smalls, among other venues. Joining Degibri on Emotionally Available, his sophomore outing, are Aaron Goldberg (piano, electric piano), Ben Street (bass) and Jeff Ballard (drums), all veterans of the saxophonists 2004 maiden release, In the Beginning. For added flavor, Ze Mauricio (pandeiro) makes a cameo appearance on Mika. Degibris lyrical gift eclipses the muscular complexity of his lines; His ideas tend to unfold like minimalist mobius strips, twisting inside-out in tangential trajectories in a burred, husky tone. Degibri nods to the titanic Coltrane in a re-harmed ballad rendition of Giant Steps and bows to tradition in a boppish Like Someone in Love. His original compositions shine with short, self-contained sections that amalgamate effortlessly into compelling wholisms. The group sounds large, especially Goldberg, who plays with verve and nerve.
Tom Greenland -All Abaout Jazz
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