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ALBUM REVIEW: "Outset" 

Itamar Borochov Quartet

"Outset"

Realbird Records

Itamarborochov.com

Picture this: four of the hottest jazz players in the city have been playing together for a while and the music is getting too good not to capture. So they head downtown to the studio where seven original tunes are recorded live in all their glory. New York or Chicago in the 1950's? Nope — this fantastic group of musicians headed to the studio in Tel Aviv.

Itamar Borochov Quartet's "Outset" is a record begging for a blindfold test. I defy the most seasoned musician to place these players geographically or culturally; that's how widely the lure of jazz has spread. Trumpeter Borochov and his band mates — Hagai Amir, sax; Avri Borochov, bass; and Aviv Cohen, drums — have created one of the most stunning jazz recordings of the year in Israel.

Just as jazz grew out the American melting pot, Borochov's music incorporates his own influences acquired while growing up in Jaffa, a city rich in Jewish, Muslim, and Christian culture. Although clearly steeped in the American jazz tradition he studied at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, Borochov is also deeply immersed in Arab music, strains of which come through in his tunes and his solos. Every element of this CD — compositions, arrangements and solos — is so strong, you would never guess that this is Borochov's debut album.

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