Nitai Hershkovits, Call on the Old Wise, ECM ****

A soothing solo piano recording that tugs at the heart strings and journeys deeper the more you listen, Call on the Old Wise, recorded in a Lugano studio in 2022 by the Israeli Nitai Hershkovits known for his work with Oded Tzur, is stocked with …

Published: 11 Nov 2023. Updated: 6 months.

A soothing solo piano recording that tugs at the heart strings and journeys deeper the more you listen, Call on the Old Wise, recorded in a Lugano studio in 2022 by the Israeli Nitai Hershkovits known for his work with Oded Tzur, is stocked with improvised compositions of the pianist's and so complete and intact they prove too. You'll also find a concise rendering of Duke Ellington's 'Single Petal of a Rose' in the mix. Hershkovits here will just as easily appeal to classical as jazz fans - there are no boundaries in his approach. Nitai Hershkovits, photo: via ECM

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The Saturday morning listen: David Hazeltine, 'Blues de Troye,' Cellar Live

If you like Vince Guaraldi - and yes, we are entering Guaraldi time of the year again as Christmas approaches - you will be right at home here on this quietly swinging number from Ballads and Blues Vol. One new in early 2024 from the prodigious …

Published: 11 Nov 2023. Updated: 6 months.

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If you like Vince Guaraldi - and yes, we are entering Guaraldi time of the year again as Christmas approaches - you will be right at home here on this quietly swinging number from Ballads and Blues Vol. One new in early 2024 from the prodigious fingers of mainstreamer David Hazetine. Early in the year the US player's Blues For Gerry was another treat - link to more on that fine release here. On 'Blues de Troye along with bassist Neal Minor and drummer Pete Van Nostrand Hazeltine is very much in the zone on a tune written by Cellar Live label chief swinging saxophonist Cory Weeds. A treat for the Saturday morning listen - our favourite time of the week - but just as easily any time you care choose.

David Hazeltine, photo via Cellar Live on Bandcamp