Alon Farber Hagiga

Reflecting On Freedom

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Mattie Poels, Music Frames (Netherlands)

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The band Hagiga plays a very varied repertoire. Swing, jazz, funk and even Moroccan-oriented music are featured. Reflecting on Freedom has therefore become a varied album. Hagiga plays tight and skilfully: we hear three wind players and a rhythm section in beautiful themes, with excellent solos by all musicians. Double tempo, counter rhythms, virtuosity; it all sounds very organic. The album opens with Israeli Song. A sublime piece that immediately attracts attention with an everlasting melody. The song is sung phonetically by guest vocalist Saria Zak-Levi and composed by Hagiga's trombonist Oded Meir.He is also the composer of the less successful Theme for Michal, which is infused with Brazilian Bossa nova. He does make good use of irregular time signatures and chord inversions, which allow very subtle coral-like elements to amplify the spectrum. Unfortunately the phonetic vocals (by Zak-Levi ) draw too much attention, so that this time superficiality is lurking. On the other hand, the orchestral Ima is breathtakingly full of numerous winds. Just like the uptempo swing in Fresh Start with innovative solo work by tenor saxophonist Yehonatan Cohen, trombonist Oded Meir and pianist Eden Giat. Giatalso plays a nice intro in More Monkeys, please. A picturesque work in 5 beats by Alon Farber. Hammadou, a traditional (gnawa) piece from Morocco, is enriched with rhythmic and dynamic percussion by drummer Roy Oliel and guest percussionist Rond Iwryn. Striking in this arrangement is the theme played in unison. Reflecting on Freedom is the fourth album by saxophonist Alon Farber's band Hagiga, founded in 2001. A group that takes the freedom to play what they feel like, making the fun and craftsmanship splash!








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