Water

Water

by Rafi Malkiel
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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:
06/29/2010
Label:
Tzadik
UPC:
0702397815129
catalogNumber:
8151
Rank:
254361

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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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