Water

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Post-bop has a long history of incorporating Latin music (especially Afro-Cuban and Brazilian) and Middle Eastern music. In fact, the modal jazz explosion of the late 1950s and '60s came about when trailblazers like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Yusef Lateef took up the type of modal/scalar improvisation (as opposed to the chordal improvisation of bop or the melody-based improvisation of swing) that had existed for centuries in the Middle East, North Africa, India, and parts of Eastern Europe. But one thing that isn't all that common is post-bop albums that, in an overt fashion, incorporate Latin and Middle Eastern elements simultaneously -- which is what ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Post-bop has a long history of incorporating Latin music (especially Afro-Cuban and Brazilian) and Middle Eastern music. In fact, the modal jazz explosion of the late 1950s and '60s came about when trailblazers like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Yusef Lateef took up the type of modal/scalar improvisation (as opposed to the chordal improvisation of bop or the melody-based improvisation of swing) that had existed for centuries in the Middle East, North Africa, India, and parts of Eastern Europe. But one thing that isn't all that common is post-bop albums that, in an overt fashion, incorporate Latin and Middle Eastern elements simultaneously -- which is what Jerusalem-born trombonist/bandleader Rafi Malkiel often does on Water, his second album as a leader. Water is an entirely self-composed, acoustic post-bop/world jazz date that is as mindful of Middle Eastern music as it is of Latin music. There are Arabic influences on this 2009 recording, but Malkiel gets even more inspiration from traditional Jewish/Israeli music, and on the Latin side, his influences are mainly tropical. Salsa/Afro-Cuban elements are part of the picture along with cumbia, a rhythm that originated in Colombia and is wildly popular in the Spanish-speaking countries of South America, as well as in Mexico (where norteño, banda, and duranguense artists have been playing cumbia with an overtly Mexican spin). And there are less prominent influences on Water, ranging from reggae to Spanish flamenco. But as many chances as Malkiel takes, this 55-minute CD never sounds confused or unfocused. Quite the opposite is true; Malkiel, who oversees a medium-sized ensemble, brings a sense of purpose to his material. Water is an excellent album that world jazz enthusiasts should not overlook.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397815129
  • Catalog Number: 8151
  • Sales rank: 207,441

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Desert (4:41)
  2. 2 Mai Eden (3:45)
  3. 3 A Drink of Spring (4:13)
  4. 4 Gilgool (4:21)
  5. 5 Waves (7:38)
  6. 6 Eden Rain (6:27)
  7. 7 Meet My Sweet Little Sea Monsters In Aguaphonium Land (1:02)
  8. 8 Water (5:41)
  9. 9 Aguanile Mai (4:50)
  10. 10 River Blue (7:40)
  11. 11 Water Prayer (1:37)
  12. 12 Sky Rainbow (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rafi Malkiel Primary Artist, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium
Anthony Carrillo Bongos, Conga, Claves
Pablo Mayor Piano
Chris Karlic Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Avishai Cohen Trumpet
Daniel Freedman Drums
Itai Kriss Flute
Anat Cohen Clarinet
Shane Shanahan Percussion
Gili Sharett Bassoon
Mauricio Herrera Conga, Timbales
Dave Hertzberg Bass
Jack Glottman Piano
Benny Koonyevsky Percussion
Nestor Gómez Percussion
Technical Credits
John Zorn Executive Producer
Scott Hull Mastering
Pablo Mayor Producer
Rafi Malkiel Arranger, Composer, Poetry, Producer, Liner Notes, Cover Photo
Kamilo Kratc Engineer
Alessandro Perrotta Engineer
Adeola Enigbokan Band Photo
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