Jazz CD of the Month: Shauli Einav / Generations / Posi-Tone Records

Dec 30, 2013

Shauli Einav is a saxophonist from Israel based in New York. His new cd, Generations, captures him and his band burning brightly on a varied program of jazz standards and two original tunes from Einav. The sound harkens back to the Blue Note sessions of the 1960's and if you didn't know this was a new album, you might think you were listening to some long lost Blue Note bop session from the vault.

Einav plays tenor and soprano sax on this new release and pays homage to John Coltrane
on "Crescent" and Harold Land with a pair of tunes, "As You Like It" and "Compulsion". He
doesn't mimic his idols, he gets inside the music and embraces it making it his own. Other
highlights include a reading of Andrew Hill's "Land of Nod", and the set opener "Thermo Blues"
an original.He has a fine supporting cast here with  Itai Kriss on flute, Don Friedman on piano,
Or Bareket on bass and Eliot Zigmund on drums. The interplay among them has a cohesiveness
not found in many of today's jazz recordings.

This is one of the 2013 releases that slipped under the radar as it was released in late November.
Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. You will be hearing alot more of Einav in the coming years.
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