Erkin Cavus and Reentko Dirks, Ütopya, Traumton ***1/2

A gem here from guitarists Erkin Cavus and Reentko Dirks in their latest explorations a couple of years on from the equally appealing Istanbul 1900. Not strictly a jazz album although the dreamy results are relatable to most jazz listeners, the …

Published: 24 Aug 2023. Updated: 8 months.

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A gem here from guitarists Erkin Cavus and Reentko Dirks in their latest explorations a couple of years on from the equally appealing Istanbul 1900. Not strictly a jazz album although the dreamy results are relatable to most jazz listeners, the Dresden-based musicians factor in a whole range of styles that have the knack of seeming both ancient and modernistic. The album includes a collaboration with pianist Clemens Christian Pötzsch and the album’s title piece streaming ahead of release has a distinctively pastoral piano and guitar conversation that works well. The full album is out on 15 September

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Itamar Borochov, Arba, Greenleaf ****

Stunning sounds here from Itamar Borochov. The Jaffa born trumpeter has put together an album of 9 compositions inspired by Sephardic music heard in his local synagogue and by absorbing the characteristic maqams modal sounds pervasive throughout …

Published: 23 Aug 2023. Updated: 8 months.

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Stunning sounds here from Itamar Borochov. The Jaffa born trumpeter has put together an album of 9 compositions inspired by Sephardic music heard in his local synagogue and by absorbing the characteristic maqams modal sounds pervasive throughout the Middle East and parts of North Africa into his wider style deepened by jazz study in New York. He plays a custom made quarter tone trumpet and has a band with him on the upcoming album who include pianist Rob Clearfield, bassist Rick Rosato and drummer Jay Sawyer. Borochov also sings on the album for the first time.

Listen to 'Abraham,' and 'What Broke You?' from the album above

Out on 8 September

London shows are at the Pizza Express Jazz Club on 5 and 6 October