Oded Tzur is yet another of the hugely talented musicians from the Tel Aviv jazz scene making a name for himself in New York City. Tzur blends jazz and Indian classical music in his entrancing debut album, Like a Great River (Enja Records). Over its nearly 15 minutes, “The Song of the Silent Dragon” allows both Tzur, on tenor saxophone, and pianist Shai Maestro, another Israeli, to stretch out in their explorations of the sinuous melodic theme. The empathetic rhythm section of Petros Klampanis, a bassist from the Greek island of Zakynthos, and Ziv Ravitz, also an Israeli native, provides solid support for the improvisers. These younger musicians have played with some of the top jazz artists in the world, and they likely will be dazzling us for many years to come. — M.S.
(American Jewish World, 8.28.15)
Here’s a video from the studio, Oded Tzur’s quartet recording “Tzurkauns”: