Toronto trumpeter David Buchbinder took on the challenge of combining the worlds of Jewish and Cuban music on his new CD. With pianist Hilario Durán (also a Toronto resident) playing and helping with the compositions, they have created some amazing arrangements that prove that these styles share more common ground than one might expect. Minor Israeli melodies fit surprisingly well into polyrhythmic Cuban grooves. But what lifts this album even further off the ground is Buchbinder’s choice of instrumentation. His trumpet and flugelhorn share the frontline with Aleksandar Gajic’s violin and Quinsin Nachoff’s reeds, which include clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophones.
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