TAMIR HENDELMAN, DESTINATIONS

Who did pianist Diana Krall call when she needed a pianist for Barbara Streisand’s pop-jazz album, “Love Is The Answer?” That would be the phenomenal Israeli pianist Tamir Handelman, a guy so gifted on the keys that he draws comparisons to Oscar Peterson. “Destinations” is his sophomore record – he’s played on countless albums as a sideman and currently holds the piano chair with Jeff Hamilton’s trio – and it’s a knockout as Hendelman swings through tunes by Jobim, Fletcher Henderson, Charlie Parker and even Maurice Ravel. Bassist Marco Panascia and veteran drummer Lewis Nash complete the pianist’s super tight trio, and they sound like old chums whether darting through the changes of Charlie Parker’s “Anthropology” or reaching for the sky on the heartfelt lyricism of Fred Hersch’s “Valentine.” (12 tracks; 70:51 minutes)  www.tamirhendelman.com www.resonancerecordings.com
         

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JAZZ IN SPACE: TAMIR HENDELMAN, DESTINATIONS

Friday, September 24, 2010

TAMIR HENDELMAN, DESTINATIONS

Who did pianist Diana Krall call when she needed a pianist for Barbara Streisand’s pop-jazz album, “Love Is The Answer?” That would be the phenomenal Israeli pianist Tamir Handelman, a guy so gifted on the keys that he draws comparisons to Oscar Peterson. “Destinations” is his sophomore record – he’s played on countless albums as a sideman and currently holds the piano chair with Jeff Hamilton’s trio – and it’s a knockout as Hendelman swings through tunes by Jobim, Fletcher Henderson, Charlie Parker and even Maurice Ravel. Bassist Marco Panascia and veteran drummer Lewis Nash complete the pianist’s super tight trio, and they sound like old chums whether darting through the changes of Charlie Parker’s “Anthropology” or reaching for the sky on the heartfelt lyricism of Fred Hersch’s “Valentine.” (12 tracks; 70:51 minutes)  www.tamirhendelman.com www.resonancerecordings.com
         

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