One of the finest young talents working today...
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
There is a ferocity to Einab's playing that elevates his latest release to another level. A Truth About Me is part of the new wave of hard bop with a bit more of an impressionistic flair. The band has a three horn front line including trombone, alto sax and bass clarinet. The rhythm section is first call anchored with Louis Moutin on drums. As technically proficient as he is artistically gifted, all compositions are from Shauli Einav and his skills are formidable!
Einav soars with "Nomads." The old school swing of "The Traveler" has that classic Impulse large ensemble recording style of an Oliver Nelson. The dialed down flavor of "Copenhague" completes the trifecta of harmonic exploration. Meters are changed at will, dynamics evolve and melodic conversations that take place are captivating and fresh.
This is a true collective, an original sound for the next generation. Controlled sonic fury. One of the finest tenor players one might hear. Einav's soprano work is comparable to Steve Wilson and while the Wayne Shorter influence is undeniable at times, Einav has found his own artistic voice.
Tracks: Embarcadere; Circa 1988; Copenhague; The Traveler; Nomads; Eleven Fifty Two; One For Alex; Le Musketeer: Ultramarine; A Truth About Me.
Personnel: Shauli Einav: Soprano and Tenor Saxophone; Andy Hunter: Trombone; Antonin Tri Hoang; Alto Saxophone and Bass Clarinet (1,2,5,7); Paul Lay: Piano; Florent Nisse: Bass; Louis Motin: Drums