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Itamar Borochov London shows this autumn - as compelling Arba lead-off track Abraham streams

Last we heard from Itamar Borochov was when he won the LetterOne award in 2021, an event that catapulted him on to wider consciousness at the time. Now this. A stunning - not at all throwaway hyperbole - statement of intent from Arba out this …

Published: 4 Jul 2023. Updated: 12 months.

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Last we heard from Itamar Borochov was when he won the LetterOne award in 2021, an event that catapulted him on to wider consciousness at the time. Now this. A stunning - not at all throwaway hyperbole - statement of intent from Arba out this autumn on Greenleaf Music takes that well developed journey a step further adding to Borochov's already impressive discography. 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. Listen to 'Abraham,' above

'Abraham' is track of the week for week beginning 10 July

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

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Track of the day: Lezlie Harrison, Fly Like An Eagle, Cellar Live ****

Powerfully delivered and not afraid to groove US singer Lezlie Harrison is so in the flow and accomplished here on her cover of the Steve Miller Band's 'Fly Like An Eagle,' the 1970s anthem covered in radically contrasting versions by Thundercat …

Published: 4 Jul 2023. Updated: 12 months.

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Powerfully delivered and not afraid to groove US singer Lezlie Harrison is so in the flow and accomplished here on her cover of the Steve Miller Band's 'Fly Like An Eagle,' the 1970s anthem covered in radically contrasting versions by Thundercat and Raul Midón punctuated by a fine solo from guitarist Matt Chertkoff at the heart of a hip organ trio wrapped around Harrison's voice. The singer comes over a little like Carmen Lundy and the way Harrison, who is also a presenter on US jazz station WBGO, scats later (the last 30 seconds of the track) is perfectly judged and adds signature flavour. Drawn from mid-September release Let Them Talk. Lezlie Harrison, photo: cover art detail