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Ori Kaplan

Ori Kaplan

“I look for authenticity,” says alto saxophonist Ori Kaplan. “You won’t find me playing, for example, Balkan jazz. That’s all the craze now. Actually, I do some kind of style mixing, but I come more from the direction of guys like Yusef Lateef and Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman. Maybe it’s more a bluesy thing,” he explains. “But I’ve also done punk rock.”

Confused about where Kaplan has been and where he is going? Considering he spent his formative years in Israel and has been a prominent member of the New York free-jazz community for the past decade, his multidisciplinary spread is hardly surprising.

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