Monday, October 18, 2010

2 Sem. 2010 - Part Ten

Tamir Hendelman

Cover (Destinations:Tamir Hendelman)

by Michael G. Nastos
Tamir Hendelman has earned a well deserved reputation as a top flight accompanist with Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Kathy Kosins and other band leaders. This is his second recording as a leader, a finely crafted trio effort mainly consisting of standards or covers rearranged by the pianist, with melodies reconfigured via his deft touch and high level of jazz virtuosity. There's a certain spiritual quality due to Hendelman's Middle Eastern upbringing, but you clearly hear influences of jazz virtuosos like Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and even a bit of Chick Corea. Hendelman plays with the confidence of a seasoned veteran, swinging easily, dipping into the blues, or waxing in a poetic, serene manner. It is that subtle, delicate touch on tracks such as "Babushka" or Jarrett's "My Song" that seems to resonate with his soul. But then again, the busy, cascading "BQE" demonstrates he's no lightweight, while an extension of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Passarim" gives the listener more food for thought. A budding master, Tamir Hendelman looks to be a solid, accessible, enjoyable jazz performer for many years to come if Destinations is any indication.

Tamir Hendelman

Cover (Playground:Tamir Hendelman)

by Ken Dryden
Tamir Hendelman makes his recording debut as a leader with Playground, though he has burnished his credentials over a several-year period leading up to it, including work with drummer Jeff Hamilton's trio, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and vocalist Roberta Gambarini. Hamilton and bassist John Clayton make up his experienced rhythm section on trio session, while Hendelman's knack for finding swinging new approaches to familiar songs is quickly apparent with his robust interpretation of Herbie Hancock's "Driftin' and driving Oscar Peterson-flavored setting of the standard "I'm Old Fashioned." The pianist's light touch in his breezy rendition of Horace Silver's "The Cape Verdean Blues" and lumbering, bluesy take of Duke Ellington's "Do Nothin' Til You Hear from Me" show his surprising maturity. Hendelman's originals are equally persuasive. His swirling, hypnotic "Tiger's Lair," the touching lyricism of "Sycamore," and the hip groove of "Playground" (with Clayton providing a rock-solid, swinging bassline in the style of Ray Brown) have the potential to become jazz standards. Tamir Hendelman and his veteran rhythm section shine throughout this rewarding release.

Giovanni Mirabassi Trio
Live - More From Sunside Out/2003


Product Number : GM001

Format : CD (Live Recording) Digipack
Release Date : 7/13/11
Recording : 2003
Personnel : Giovanni Mirabassi (piano)
                   Gildas Bocle (bass)
                   Louis Moutin (drums)
Track list : 
1. Lullaby
2. La canzone di marinella
3. If I should loose you
4. Des jours meilleurs
5. 28 rue manin
6. Yesterdays

Vladimir Shafranov Trio
Live in Helsinki


Product Number : SDV001

Format : DVD (NTSC Region ALL) Live Recording
Release Date : 8/25/02
Recording : Dec. 15, 2001
Personnel : Vladimir Shafranov (piano)
                   Pekka Sarmanto (bass)
                   Jukkis Uotila (drums)
Track list : 
1.You And The Night And The Music
2.In Your Own Sweet Way
4.Round Midnight
5.All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
6.Blue Bossa
7.Maybe September
8.How About You
9.Warm Valley

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