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The Omer Avital Group: Asking No Permission

This album, recorded live at Smalls in Greenwich Village in 1996 but not released until now, demonstrates that the Omer Avital Group was one of the strongest ensembles of its decade.

Avital’s instrumentation seems like a brilliant stroke, opening fresh opportunities in group form. (It is Avital, bass; Ali Jackson, drums; Mark Turner, Gregory Tardy, Charles Owens, tenor saxophone; Myron Walden, alto saxophone.) It turns out that there were just too many good saxophone players hanging around Smalls, and the piano player didn’t show for the first gig.

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