This is one of the finer groups that the Fresh Sound label has produced. Recorded in Israel, Alon Farber and his Hagiga Quintet delivers here with only promising potential for the future. Farber definitely has his own unique voice in his compositions. Although, there are little clues to let the listener know whom some of Farber's musical influences are. They are not by any means, overbearing, but there are traces.
On "A Chat with Ornette" Farber and his group quote some Coleman melodies such as "Lonely Woman," including the harmonies that Coleman and Cherry had on the original recording, but Farber chooses to do it with two saxophones, a groovy bass and drum beat, which is a nod to John Zorn's Spy vs. Spy concept, in which Zorn and Tim Berne played Ornette Coleman compositions with a double group in a punk format. There are also some other influences of Zorn underneath the surface in that some compositions have an "organized chaotic" quality to them. Do not misconstrue this for a free jazz album, because it is not. There is also a Coltrane-esque feeling of urgency about them as well as some traces to Steve Coleman. But even with these influences, let it be known that Farber and his musicians have incredible empathy and their own voice. They are NOT copycats, nor sound like anyone else. The aforementioned influences are subtle and minuscule, in light to the Hagiga Quintet's individualistic sound.
This record is for anyone who is wanting to hear a new voice emerging in the jazz scene, and whom will be a force to be reckoned with if they continue in the direction they are currently in. If you especially dig the scene and style that Fresh Sound Records is producing, you will dig this record! Kudos to Alon Farber and his Hagiga Quintet.