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Track Listing: A Beetle Romantic, Baron and Pres, Damiani Tres Duo, Yune Up, New Life, Work Week, Out of the Loop, Onin

Personnel: Raffael Califano – drums, Seamus Blake – tenor sax, Antonio Magli – piano, keyboards, Francesco Pierotti – double bass

Title: Horizontal Dialogues | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Alfamusic

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Although a goodly number of seasonal big-band albums have passed through these portals over the years, this is the first one to our recollection devoted to Hanukkah, the eight-day-long festival of lights that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the time of a successful Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire. As leader

» data-original-title=»»>Eyal Vilner was born in Tel Aviv before relocating to the States and making New York his home, that is hardly surprising. Also unsurprising is the quality of musicianship on display, nor Vilner’s impressive charts, which entwine contemporary jazz with traditional Jewish and Middle Eastern themes.

The album opens with the brief, chorale-based «Prelude,» on which the band as a whole excels, followed by the animated «Maoz Tzur» whose buoyant perspective arises straight from the Swing Era. Vilner solos brightly on alto sax, as does pianist

» data-original-title=»»>Jack Glottman. On «Sevivon» (The Dreidel Song), Vilner pivots southward, evoking the ambience of a Brazilian carnival to underscore an eloquent solo by flutist

» data-original-title=»»>Itai Kriss, which leads to a section inspired by choro music and another dedicated to Batacuda music showcasing drummer

Eran Fink

» data-original-title=»»>Eran Fink. The impulsive «Oh Hanukkah!,» whose ebullience can be traced to the Roaring Twenties, features a sprightly trio vocal by Tamara Korn, Martina DaSilva and Vanessa Perea (reminiscent of the Boswell Sisters or, later, the Andrews Sisters), preceding a vigorous solo by tenor

Evan Arntzen

» data-original-title=»»>Evan Arntzen . The shofar makes its appearance on the high-minded finale, «Mi Yemalel,» whose Middle Eastern aspect recalls a great war from 200 BC. As in war, its measured preamble gives way to battlefield chaos, led by screaming trumpets and punctuated by emphatic rhythms.

As tributes go, Hanukkah is exemplary, and Vilner and the band should be applauded for that. Before the applause has ended, however, it must be noted—if only for the benefit of those to whom such things matter—that the album’s playing time is roughly twenty-one minutes, or about one-quarter of a CD’s maximum capacity. As if to rub salt in that wound, there is a «bonus» track, «These Candles,» that is only available digitally. The album’s twenty-one minutes are well- spent, and if that abbreviated playing time doesn’t bother you, then by all means join the celebration.


Track Listing: Prelude; Maoz Tzur; Sevivon; Oh Hanukkah!; Mi Yemalel.

Personnel: Eyal Vilner: conductor, arranger, alto sax, clarinet, shofar; Bryan Davis: trumpet, shofar; Andy Gravish: trumpet; Wayne Tucker: trumpet; Jim Seeley: trumpet, shofar; Stuart Mack: trumpet; Itai Kriss: flute (3); Jay Rattman: alto sax, clarinet, flute; Bill Todd: alto sax, clarinet, flute; Evan Arntzen: tenor sax, clarinet; Dan Pearson: tenor sax, clarinet, flute; Eden Bareket: baritone sax, bass clarinet; Matt Musselman: trombone; Becca Patterson: trombone; Max Seigel: bass trombone; Jack Glottman: piano; George DeLancey: bass; Eran Fink: drums; Tamar Kern, Martina DaSilva, Vanessa Perea: vocal (4).

Title: Hanukkah | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Self Produced

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Min Rager: Train Of Thought

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Born in Seoul, the now-Montreal-based pianist Min Rager

Min Rager
b.1975
piano

» data-original-title=»»>Min Rager made the move to the west to attain a jazz education, landing at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where she now teaches.

Rager has chosen the quartet—saxophone and rhythm—as her form of expression for her third CD release, Train Of Thought. It’s all originals, beginning with the title tune, a spirited ride that rolls along just a bit left of center from the mainstream with an edge of modernity and a boxcar full of originality. Saxophonist Kenji Omae

» data-original-title=»»>Kenji Omae sounds like a cross between Jackie McLean

Jackie McLean
1932 – 2006
sax, alto

» data-original-title=»»>Jackie McLean and Art Pepper

Art Pepper
1925 – 1982
sax, alto

» data-original-title=»»>Art Pepper, with his searing intensity combined with a push-the-boundaries approach. Rager jumps into an extended solo early, with a crisp and distinctively personal style, ebullient and free-rolling. Then Omae blows back in, and the train hits a downgrade and picks up serious momentum. An exhilarating ride.

«Beautiful Journey» begins as a ballad then slips into a mid-tempo pensiveness. Saxophonist Omae chooses a lot of notes, very well. Rager, and bassist Fraser Hollins

Fraser Hollins

» data-original-title=»»>Fraser Hollins and drummer

Dave Laing

» data-original-title=»»>Dave Laing lay down a steady and near orchestral backdrop.

Rager and Omae present a duo tune with «I Never Felt this Way,» a tune that bounces with Rager’s joy, and that the saxophonist tries to set on fire. «Say What You Mean» moves back to the quartet setting, on a lively romp featuring another one of Ranger’s singular solos. They disc closes on a bluesy, let’s-kick-back-with-a-drink, wee hours rumination, «Let’s Be Cool.» And that’s what the quartet does: they be cool.


Track Listing: Train Of Thought; Beautiful Journey; I Never Felt This Way; Say What You Mean; Dedicated To You; I Wish I Was There; Moonlight Dance; Let’s Be Cool.

Personnel: Min Ranger: piano; Kenji Omae: tenor saxophone; Fraser Hollins: bass; Dave Laing: drums.

Title: Train Of Thought | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Self Produced

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