Yotam Silberstein (g), Gilad Abro (b), Doron Tirosh (d), Asaf Yuria (ts)
Bar code: 8427328421850
The three members of this trio first met during their high school days and soon became best friends and musical brothers. Over the years they have developed a unique communication and repertoire that allows them freedom inside the musical form. They have also reached a sound of their own, both as individuals and especially as one unit, one voice.
The three members have been working and recording with Israel's best jazz musicians. Bass player Gilad Abro has recorded with Amos Hoffman, Avishai Cohen and Jon Regen.
Most of the material in the album contains original compositions with four tunes composed by the guitar player Yotam Silberstein and combining the full influence of the jazz tradition as well as classical music and, of course, the music from his country, Israel. This CD also features one original by bass player Gilad Abro, which demonstrates his tendency for funk, free jazz and odd meters. There is also an original composition by drummer Doron Tirosh and a special dedication to pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. The other tracks on the CD, Cole Porter's classic "Just One Of Those Things", sees Yotams fresh arrangement skills combined with changing rhythmic patterns and there is also one of the most beautiful standards from the American songbook: "Too Close For Comfort", featuring Gilad Abro on bass.
"Add another one to your list of young and noteworthy jazz guitarists. The award-winning Israeli jazz trio led by guitarist Yotam Silberstein debuts The Arrival with a most striking display of energy, confidence, and ability. Joined by musicians and close friends bassist Gilad Abro and drummer Doron Tirosh, the trio is serious in its execution of music that ranks with contemporaries such as Bobby Broom, Jesse Van Ruller, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Liberty Ellman.
Silberstein plays beyond his youth with empathy, poise, and the goods to pull it all together. His phrasing, comping, and punctuated solo style prove his ability and give a timeless feel to the music as the trio swings hard. Abro and Tirosh are equally well rounded, as the music will attest.
When listening to the opening selection, it would seem that this is just your standard Grant Green/Wes Montgomery-influenced fare. But a close observation (which one can hardly pull from a sound sample) reveals some fierce playing on many levels. This becomes clear on the fiery Frythm, which starts with a heated guitar and bass vamp and opens up to stellar solos upheld by tight drum work. On the hip Blues For 007 the trio captures the vibe perfectly with guitar trills and a nice drum solo.
The bulk of the compositions were written by Silberstein and cover hard to post bop themes with aggressive swing and heady interplay, but true to the art form, the trio keeps things fresh with on-the-spot improvisations. From the varying tempo changes of I Hate U Blues to the free and funky Haper and Cole Porter's Just One of Those Things, the music signals that these young cats are for real. Highly recommended."
- Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
"Gilad Abro (bass) and Doron Tirosh (drums) also get billing on the album cover, but the picture is centered on the young guitarist leader. After months of complaining about Wes Montgomery-influenced jazz guitarists, I have to admit that I like this one. Hard to say just why: perhaps it has as much to do with the good cheer of his cohorts as his own lean, delicate lines. B+ ."
- Tom Hull, Village Voice.
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