SAM YAHEL, FROM SUN TO SUN


Sam Yahel’s reputation is anchored by his skill as an organist for groups led by Joshua Redman and trumpeter Ryan Kisor as well as recorded gigs with Norah Jones, Lizz Wright and Peter Cincotti, and his Hammond B-3 licks thrill with their edginess and soulful swagger. Though you get a taste of Yahel’s signature sound on the title track, Yahel applies his gifts primarily as a pianist on “From Sun To Sun,” which puts him in a trio setting with bassist Matt Penman and drummer Jochen Ruekert on a mostly original program save for three melodious covers (“A Beautiful Friendship,” Cole Porter’s “So In Love” and “Taking A Chance On Love.”) The surrounding tracks are sublime, rife with opportunities for this crew to bob and weave with an authority that feels exactly right. Yahel is an expressionistic pianist who reminds one of a sunnier, unencumbered Keith Jarrett. Taking in the colorful atmospherics of “Toy Balloon” and inspirational interplay on  “One False Move” along with the breezy “By Hook Or By Crook” is to listen to jazz in its most energetic, satisfying form. “From Sun to Sun” is a whirl of inventiveness, mixing modern jazz, ballads and personal anthems (“Blink And Move On”) into a shimmering, uplifting whole. Available here. (13 tracks; 68:46 minutes) www.origin-records.com

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JAZZ IN SPACE: SAM YAHEL, FROM SUN TO SUN

Monday, October 3, 2011

SAM YAHEL, FROM SUN TO SUN


Sam Yahel’s reputation is anchored by his skill as an organist for groups led by Joshua Redman and trumpeter Ryan Kisor as well as recorded gigs with Norah Jones, Lizz Wright and Peter Cincotti, and his Hammond B-3 licks thrill with their edginess and soulful swagger. Though you get a taste of Yahel’s signature sound on the title track, Yahel applies his gifts primarily as a pianist on “From Sun To Sun,” which puts him in a trio setting with bassist Matt Penman and drummer Jochen Ruekert on a mostly original program save for three melodious covers (“A Beautiful Friendship,” Cole Porter’s “So In Love” and “Taking A Chance On Love.”) The surrounding tracks are sublime, rife with opportunities for this crew to bob and weave with an authority that feels exactly right. Yahel is an expressionistic pianist who reminds one of a sunnier, unencumbered Keith Jarrett. Taking in the colorful atmospherics of “Toy Balloon” and inspirational interplay on  “One False Move” along with the breezy “By Hook Or By Crook” is to listen to jazz in its most energetic, satisfying form. “From Sun to Sun” is a whirl of inventiveness, mixing modern jazz, ballads and personal anthems (“Blink And Move On”) into a shimmering, uplifting whole. Available here. (13 tracks; 68:46 minutes) www.origin-records.com

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