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Omer Avital Group: Think With Your Heart

This is not for the faint of heart or the narrow of mind. This is a musical journey meant to open your ears to a highly personal concept of chamber jazz: four to six reeds, colors from flute to bass clarinet, plus a percussionist and bassist. The bassist, Israeli-born Avital, is the engine that drives the combo, provides the colorful, rhythmically vital charts and shouts his approval throughout.

Don’t make comparisons with the inevitable: Avital is not a Kosher Mingus. He’s a highly cerebral original, adding his Moroccan-Yemenite heritage to the mix, which translates to unfamiliar modal harmonies and time signatures that do not encourage dancing. But don’t be misled into thinking Avital’s music lacks tonality; it is solidly tone-centered.

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