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This trio delivers a multicultural show conceived as a way of endowing with new forms the projects of two musicians from Israel, drummer Shai Zelman and pianist Anat Fort, by resorting to the blues expertise of an artist with a well-defined identity: Ethiopian saxophonist Abatte Barihum.
Actually, this is by no means a strange aspiration in Zelman and Fort’s creative philosophy. They have both built their careers on a quest for confrontation between their respective creations and narratives from different cultures, and they are now responsible for all the sound elements that give spice to this trio.
Zelman, a well-known drummer in Tel Aviv jazz circles whose idea of polyrhythmics is grounded on the possibilities that drums have to offer. Anat Fort, on the other hand, is a pianist with pronounced solo virtues that she undoubtedly acquired during the time she spent with Paul Bley in the United States, a country which has been her home for some years now.
Last but not least, Abatte Barihum. Referred to by many as the Ethiopian John Coltrane, Abatte is a saxophonist who has blossomed forth from this African country’s effervescent scene. He is responsible for adding a decorous touch of the blues to Fort and Zelman’s creations. A promising session from beginning to end!
Drums: Shay Zelman
Piano: Anat Fort
Saxophone: Abbate Barihum