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Flowers and Other Stories by Assaf Kehati Quartet

Jazz guitarist and composer Assaf Kehati is a new name to many jazz fans but his compositions will all seem strangely familiar.  Since making the scene in New England jazz in 2007 Kehati has been an ever-present force in the jazz scene in and around Boston, New York and even Canada.   What makes the work of this talented young guitarist so refreshing is the ability to draw on many themes and styles.  His compositions are familiar enough to draw interest but unique enough to avoid being trite and repetitious.   His work with his trio featuring legendary drummer Billy Hart has clearly allowed him to develop substantial depth in the genre and a palette of interesting tones and phrases that are intertwined throughout his work.    "Flowers and Other Stories" contains a set of compositions that cover an expressive landscape not limited to one view or perspective.   To Kehati's credit, the sidemen on this CD all express his compositions in a tight and congruous manner, making the pieces even more rich in their delivery.   The CD opens with the track 'Calling Me Home', this is a dark yet playful piece and features a notably expressive sax solo by Alon Faber.   'Mr. Mario' follows and gives a clear insight into Kehati's talent, perhaps his best performance on the CD.  The disc includes five more numbers, each notable for how they highlight different aspects of Kehati's composing skill, and the talent of the quartet individually and as a whole.  The CD is a worthy sequel to Kehati's debut CD " A View From My Window" and further evidence of the growing maturity of this artist as a composer and guitarist.   Joining Kehati on this CD are Alon Faber on Saxophones, Daniel Sapir on bass, and Udi Shlomo on drums.   Assaf Kehati Quartet's "Flowers and Others Stories" is a wonderful listen and I encourage you to check it out.

 

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Assaf Kehati Quartet
  • CD Title: Flowers and Other Stories
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2011
  • Rating: Five Stars
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