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083: Ezio Pinza, ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ (“South Pacific”)

Several regular readers of SoTW were gracious enough to write and ask why there were no postings for the last two weeks. The reason is that I went to the Old Country to bury my mother. I’m back, and I can’t say it’s easy to talk about music. I’m in a very dark and depressed place, as those of you who have been through this will understand, with no taste for mirth or fun or entertainment. Not even for music.
But in the five days since I’ve returned from the proscribed mourning period, I’ve been reluctantly thrown back into the Musical mode.
In September, I joined the Light Opera Group of the Negev for their annual production, which this year is Rogers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific“. I’ll be playing Emile de Becque, the male lead…

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Nikki Yanofsky

An article by Jeff Meshel for the Jerusalem Report, Dec 10, 2010 about the very charming and very talented (and very young) Nikki Yanofsky. Following it are some great pictures by David Rubin.

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071: Lyy, ‘Giftavisan’

Väsen, Ranarim, Garmarna. Huh? Gjallarhorn, Hedningarna, Hoven Droven, Lyy? WTF?? Put on your fleece parkas, folks. This week we’re going to take a little jaunt up to the lands of the North, to make the acquaintance of some very hot music from a very cold place, Nordic Roots music, or Scandinavian neo-folk. Ice also burns. […]

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068: Hermeto Pascoal, ‘Santa Catarina’

Hermeto Pasocal is a 78-year old albino Brazilian sorcerer who makes music from gargling water and processing football commentators, as well as from more conventional sources, like the bass harmonica and the voice of his 30something wife. Miles Davis called him “the most impressive musician in the world”.

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Omri Mor at The Red Sea Jazz Festival

Following below is an article I wrote for the Jerusalem Report, Sept 27, 2010 about the Red Sea Jazz Festival in general, and specifically about the very fine Omri Mor Trio. Click on each of the four pages below to read the article. Thanks to David Rubin for the great photos. And while you’re reading, […]

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067: Musica Nuda, ‘I Will Survive’

I’ve always been a fan of minimalism in music. In jazz it’s pretty easy because the default is four or five players. But my predilections in classical music are almost exclusively for solo or chamber music; or in The Beatles, Rubber Soul over Magical Mystery Tour. I like to hear what I’m listening to. To […]

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066: Rickie Lee Jones, ‘Skeletons’

Hope you’re enjoying the new format of SoTW. Please do leave comments – always glad to hear from you. Thanks to David Rubin for the great photos from Eilat. I had the good fortune last week to attend the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat as a member of the press, representing the Jerusalem Report. […]

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059: The Real Group, ‘Joy Spring’

Joy Spring, Walking Down the Street, There Will Never Be Another You Ok, I confess. I am a member of a cult. A proud, card-carrying, dues-paying proselyte, full of missionary zeal, collaring unsuspecting wedding guests, subjecting them to my fanatic preaching of The Word. Or, in this case, The Music. A cappella (unaccompanied vocal) jazz […]

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