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Rashied Ali/Peter Kowald/Assif Tsahar: Deals, Ideas & Ideals

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Picture the turbulent, muscular abandon of David S. Ware with better intonation and crisper articulation. That’s Assif Tsahar in a nutshell. Drawing equally from Sonny Rollins and Albert Ayler, the young Israeli tenor titan has become one of the brightest, if under-recognized, new talents on New York’s avant-garde scene. On this brazenly free session, he joins forces with some celebrated elders-drummer Rashied Ali and German bassist Peter Kowald-to continue the urgent momentum borne out of the vital ’70s loft-jazz scene of which Ali was such a prominent part.

On “Isotopes,” Tsahar summons up David Murrayesque power on bass clarinet, blowing heartily and over the full range of that unwieldy instrument with wide-open abandon against Kowald’s virtuosic bowing and Ali’s coloristic percussion. The trio explodes out of the gate on “Freedom Train,” racing ahead on the exhilarating momentum of Rashied’s sizzling ride-cymbal pulse as Tsahar wails authoritatively over the top. Ali’s unaccompanied solo here is also a marvel.

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