Gilad Hekselman: Purim




Gilad Hekselman (guitar)


Splitlife (Smalls 0015)

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Gilad Hekselman (guitar), Ari Hoenig (drums),

Joe Martin (bass)


Composed by Gilad Hekselman


Recorded: New York, March 2006


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Over the past few years, a swift upswing of gifted young guitarists, namely Mike Moreno, Lage Lund and Gilad Hekselman, has taken the New York scene by storm. Arriving in 2004 from his native Israel to study at the New School, Hekselman has rather quickly managed to share the stage with Chris Potter, John Scofield, and Jeff "Tain" Watts, and become a regular member of the groups of Anat Cohen and Ari Hoenig. "Purim," the opening track from his first record as a leader, is a grooving original that showcases Gilad's impressive contemporary fluidity indicative of the speedily tasteful styles of Pat Metheny and Pat Martino.

Hekselman's improvisation is delightfully purposeful. He doesn't focus on chromaticism as much as some others do, instead using it as a transitional vehicle to develop his unhurriedly revealed, anything-but- chromatic lines. Luckily, behind these lines lies some pretty sophisticated thinking. Thus his solo statement achieves an overarching tension and release without needing to rely on higher, faster or louder to reach its rewarding apex.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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