Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Edward Blanco
On his previous recording, About Time (CDBABY, 2008), Israeli pianist Ari Erev led a jazz piano trio in a blend of standards featuring the music of Bill Evans. In continuing his exploration of jazz, Erev engineers A Handful of Changes, affirming what he once stated: "My music has evolved during the past few years." With this extraordinary outing, Erev changes the dynamics of his music, featuring Latin elements and establishing an assertive bop-ish flair in a dramatic departure from the past. To accomplish this, he incorporates the voices of various saxophones, a clarinet and percussion in a mixed selection of new and cover tunes, in a variety of settings ranging from a duet to a two-saxophone sextet, reflecting the other major change adopted here: essentially, an expanded personnel.
Recorded in Israel, Erev naturally enlists a band of Israeli musicians for this date: musician/educators Arie Volinez (bass) and Eitan Itzcovich (drums), along with Tel Aviv saxophonist Ofer Shapiro. Percussionist Gilad Dobrecky and bassist Tal Ronen are both Israeli-born players who are currently based in New York. The only non-Israeli member of the group is veteran New York saxophonist Joel Frahm, who happens to play a prominent role on eight tracks, performing on both tenor and soprano saxophones. ... read more...
Personnel: Ari Erev (piano).
Audio Mixer: Bill Tsur.
Liner Note Authors: Scott Yanow; Ari Erev.
Recording information: Pluto Studios, Tel-Aviv, Israel (08/21/2011-09/12/2011).
Photographer: Gangi N All That Jazz.
Arranger: Ari Erev.