• Ari Erev

    Jazz Pianist, Composer

    "His touch and intimate feel for the
    melody is absolutely gorgeous.."
    Adam Baruch, jazzis.com

Photography: Eli Matityahu

Pianist Ari Erev's new album combines Latin-flavored jazz compositions with modern, straight ahead Jazz, creating a colorful set, full of variety and inspired playing. Also included in the album are Erev's own Jazz arrangements for a number of Israeli songs written by Alexander "Sasha" Argov, one of Israel's greatest composers,as well as interpretations for a few Jazz standards.

An exceptional team of musicians were selected to fit the project's musical style and they create colorful variations on the set in almost every tune; From a Duet (a Saxophone/Piano touching rendering of "For All We Know"), through trios, quartet, quintet (with percussion) and a two-saxophones sextet.

The album features Joel Frahm, one of New York most appreciated saxophone players who accepted Erev's invitation to take part in this project. Frahm himself recorded albums with pianists Brad Mehldau and Kenny Barron, bassist Rufus Ried and drummer Victor Lewis, and with other Jazz greats, as sideman.

The other musicians taking part in the album are: World-renowned percussionist Gilad Dobrecky who was named "one of the world top percussionists" by Jazziz magazine, New-York-based Israeli bassist Tal Ronen, bassist Arie Volinez and drummer Eitan Itzcovich, both teachers in the "Rimon" school of Jazz and considered among the leading Israeli Jazz musicians and Ofer Shapiro who joins in two pieces, on Alto Saxophone and Clarinet.

What the Critics Say...

"...Extraordinary outing..., featuring Latin elements and establishing an assertive bop-ish flair..., ...Combine beautiful solo moments..."

"On Second Thought," ..highlights some of the pianist's best solos alongside Frahm's soprano mastery."

"...a session in the best tradition of mainstream, straight-ahead jazz."

"...Erev's piano playing is delicately executed... an impressive project indeed...
a presentation of individual, inner beauty..."

"...Smart, promising and eloquent compositions. ...Praise gems brilliantly scored a cast of superior players... a journey worth taking."

"...Performance is absolutely spotless... sophisticated and intelligent mainstream Jazz,... piano work that shines brightly and is exceptionally lovely throughout. His touch and intimate feel for the melody is absolutely gorgeous... the entire album is a feast from start to finish."

"...Tunes that can become Jazz standards... Delightful Latin Touch... Intimate, solid, and emotional piano sound... Beautiful simlicity..."    (Translated)

"Joyful music, optimistic and full of life... like a delicate and emotional Samba... Excellent album!..."   (Translated)