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Uri Gurvich: Kinship (Jazz Family)

Kinship is an affable assortment of buoyant bop and international folk music traditions. As with leader Uri Gurvich’s two previous discs (both on Tzadik), the album flexes the virtues of the ensemble’s cosmopolitan lineage—Gurvich the Israeli saxophonist, Argentinian pianist Leo Genovese, Bulgarian bassist Peter Slavov and Cuban drummer Francisco Mela. Two saxophonists not on the … Read More “Uri Gurvich: Kinship (Jazz Family)”

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Uri Gurvich: Babel

Like The Storyteller, Uri Gurvich’s justly praised debut on Tzadik three years ago, BabEl mates sinuous Middle Eastern and sprightly Afro-Cuban folk forms via original compositions that are equally influenced by his native Israel and the Berklee College of Music. The core quartet is the same, with the alto saxophonist-leader again joined by Cuban drummer … Read More “Uri Gurvich: Babel”

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Uri Gurvich: The Storyteller

An Israeli-born alto saxophonist-composer who studied with Joe Lovano at Berklee, Uri Gurvich blends sinuous Middle Eastern lines and snippets of Hebraic folk melodies with thoughtful harmonies and brawny rhythms on his Tzadik debut. Joined by an outstanding crew of bassist Peter Slavov, free-spirited drummer Francisco Mela and marvelous pianist Leo Genovese, Gurvich presents a … Read More “Uri Gurvich: The Storyteller”

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