Yonathan Avishai

Modern Times (Digifile)

Jazz & People

Yonathan Avishai (p), Yoni Zelnik (b), Donald Kontomanou (d)

Reference: JPCD 815001

Bar code: 3149028065626

Discover the first trio album by French-Israeli piano player Yonathan Avishai. Influenced by John Lewis, Duke Ellington, Ahmad Jamal and Bobby Timmons, all pianists with economical styles who played the right notes, Yonathan Avishai has returned to the basics and the essence of the trio, reactivating the fundamental elements of jazz —swing, blues, improvisation— in a highly personal manner. Working closely in tandem with bassist Yoni Zelnik and drummer Donald Kontomanou, the pianist reconfigures the perimeter of this inexhaustible triangle, sometimes by reducing elements to their simplest means of expression: a note, a chord, a rhythm, a sound [...]

—Vincent Bessières (From the inside liner notes)


01. Woodblock (Yonathan Avishai) 0:29
02. Water [Prologue] (Yonathan Avishai) 4:22
03. Time [4/4 Meditation] (Yonathan Avishai) 4:06
04. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (Duke Ellington) 4:09
05. Dancing Child (Yonathan Avishai) 4:28
06. Etude I [Bass] (Yonathan Avishai) 3:26
07. Night in Zvulun (Yonathan Avishai) 5:05
08. Sketch of Barcelona (Yonathan Avishai) 5:20
09. Time [In B Flat] (Yonathan Avishai) 1:52
10. Modern Times Blues (Yonathan Avishai) 4:41
11. Etude I [Trio] (Yonathan Avishai) 3:44
12. The Letter (Yonathan Avishai) 6:04
13. Later That Day (Yonathan Avishai) 3:33
14. Cornet Chop Suey (Yonathan Avishai) 5:39
15. Woodblock II (Yonathan Avishai) 0:28
16. Water [Epilogue] (Yonathan Avishai) 3:58

Album details

Yonathan Avishai (piano), Yoni Zelnik (double bass), Donald Kontomanou (drums).
Recorded at Studio Juillaguet, Boisné-la-Tude, France, July 22 & 23, 2015

Recording engineer: Philippe Teissier du Cros
Mixed & mastered by Philippe Teissier du Cros at Studio Boxson, Paris, France
Photography: Eric Garault
Graphic design: Olivier Linden
Liner notes by Vincent Bessières (English translation: Jerome Reese)

Artistic direction: Yonathan Avishai
Produced by Vincent Bessières

Press reviews

"Un pianiste qui va compter, c'est certain"
—"Révélation" Jazz Magazine

"Yonathan Avishai laisse du silence et du désir s’installer dans la musique."
—Alex Dutilh (À la Une de "Open Jazz", France Musique)

"Modern Times revient à l'essence même du jazz, l'improvisation, la simplicité, le swing et parfois même de douces mélodies qui évoquent des comptines oubliées" —"Sélection" Culture Jazz

"Toutes les grandes promesses sont tenues dans ce disque absolument sublime." —Djam

"On n’a pas fini de parler de Yonathan Avishai, l’homme qui fait chanter son piano et danser les rythmes."
—Julien Ferté, Muziq


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