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Ali Jackson/Aaron Goldberg/Omer Avital: Yes!

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This deeply satisfying collaboration of drummer Ali Jackson, pianist Aaron Goldberg and bassist Omer Avital was a long time coming. They’ve known and worked with one another for a couple of decades, having crossed paths in school, in assorted bands, on the road and at Manhattan’s Smalls, where Avital anchored bands for years.

All three went on to raise notable blips on the jazz radar, though none is exactly a household name. Here they’ve set their more progressive leanings aside to luxuriate in jazz tradition, broadly defined. A nine-tune program includes pieces by Abdullah Ibrahim (“Maraba Blue”), Thelonious Monk (a 6/8 “Epistrophy”), Duke and Mercer Ellington (“The Shepherd” and “Way Way Back,” respectively, the former not to be confused with Avital’s composition of the same title on his Free Forever), and Avital’s fellow Israeli Eli Degibri (“Manic Depressive”). Jackson and Avital contribute two gems apiece, all classic-sounding enough to be mistaken for standards.

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