Chiri Biri Bim, Chiri Biri Bop

The Israel–New York pipeline yields a fresh crop of serious jazz talent

And let's not overlook Roni Ben-Hur, a guitarist in his mid-forties with a veiled tone and hornlike attack like vintage Kenny Burrell, who's about a decade older than either Cohen or Fort and has been in New York longer. With pianist Ronnie Mathews and drummer Lewis Nash on hand—and the leader himself no slouch at crisp, idiomatic bebop phrasing—it's not surprising that Monk's "Think of One" and Elmo Hope's "One Second Please" are among the highlights of Ben-Hur's new Keepin' It Open. But the album's stunner—and an example of the sort of thing that would have once sounded exotic, but is increasingly common—is "Eshkolit," a traditional Sephardic melody featuring brooding, suspenseful solos by Ben-Hur and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. You never know where the next tune is coming from these days, nor the next batch of players.


Anat Cohen: beguiling, pensive, occasionally purely joyful
photo: Bill Westmoreland
Anat Cohen: beguiling, pensive, occasionally purely joyful

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Anat Fort
A Long Story
ECM

Anat Cohen
Poetica
Anzic

Anat Cohen & the Anzic Orchestra
Noir
Anzic

Roni Ben-Hur
Keepin' It Open
Motťma

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