Jamie Saft: Ariel




Jamie Saft (piano)


Astaroth/Book of Angels vol 1 (Tzadik TZ 7348)

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Jamie Saft (piano), Greg Cohen (bass), Ben Perowsky (drums).

Composed by John Zorn


Recorded: New York, February 2, 2005


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Jamie Saft is mostly known as a member of John Zorn’s, Bobby Previte’s or Dave Douglas’s groups, where he plays piano as well as various keyboards. On this piano trio record he chose to tackle a part of the huge repertoire that Zorn has written in the course of his exploration of the Jewish musical heritage. It’s a good occasion to discover Saft as a great acoustic pianist with a subtle touch and fine sense of swing and improvisation, displayed here working over a mellow bouncing rhythm played by bass and drums. Saft reminds us that some modernists can deliver nice surprises when they decide to play “in the tradition.”

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum


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