Alon Farber Hagiga

Reflecting On Freedom

Origin 82829

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...a fantastic find...Such is Farber's brilliance as a songwriter and arranger—he takes the best from each of the traditions he calls upon, uniting a wide array of colors towards the common end of an exciting, celebratory music.
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Now entering its third decade as an ensemble, Hagiga's founder, saxophonist Alon Farber looked to Eddie Harris's "Freedom Jazz Dance" as inspiration and a theme for their 4th recording, "Reflecting on Freedom." Hagiga revels in the diversity of musical flavors and colors that make up the "Israeli soundtrack." With an exciting three horn frontline - reminiscent of some Dave Douglas or Booker Little ensembles - they draw liberally from Swing, Moroccan, Funk and Brazilian musics in creating their wide-ranging, highly personal sound. Farber's bold compositions reflect his years at the forefront of Israel's jazz scene - including co-founding the Israeli Jazz Orchestra & receiving the Prime Minister's Award for Jazz Composers - and his time in America while studying at Berklee, where he won the Wayne Shorter Award for Composers. "Hagiga has been at the forefront of the miraculous envelope-pushing curve of Israeli jazz for some years now." - Barry Davis


Track Listing:

1. Israeli Song 5:16
2. Reflecting on Freedom / Freedom Jazz Dance 7:08
3. Theme for Michal 5:19
4. Ima (Mother) 3:40
5. Fresh Start 4:37
6. More Monkeys, Please 8:58
7. You'll See the Way 7:49
8. Hammouda 5:15
9. Farbalak 6:00

Performers:

ALON FARBER HAGIGA:
Alon Farber - Soprano & Alto saxes
Yehonatan Cohen - Tenor sax, Flute, Clarinet
Oded Meir - Trombone
Eden Giat - Piano
Assaf Hakimi - Acoustic & Electric bass
Roy Oliel - Drums

Special guests:
Sarai Zak-Levi - Vocal (1,3,7)
Rony Iwryn - Percussion (1,2 3,7,8)

Production Info:

Produced by Alon Farber, Yehonatan Cohen & Oded Meir
Recorded by Bill Tsur at Bardo Studios, Ramat Gan, Israel
on August 18-19, 2020
Mixed by Bill Tsur, Tel Aviv, Israel
Mastered by Aran Lavi at TanTan Studios, Tel Aviv, Israel
Band photo by Yossi Zwecker
Cover photo by Kieren Ridley
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Reflecting On Freedom

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Is it world jazz or is it fusion if it comes from Israel and incorporates other local musics? Does it matter? Now entering it's third decade, this ensemble snake charms, belly dances and parts the waters with chops to spare. Opening the ears to jazz pouring out of Israel, these vets and pros are some really sterling travel guides to new sonic l ...



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