Rotem Sivan’s “Antidote” Chosen as One of Bandcamp’s July Top Picks

August 3, 2017Features, Reviews

Dave Sumner, Bandcamp The disconnect between the vivid melodic imagery on Antidote and the casual way it’s delivered is jarring. Guitarist Rotem Sivan, bassist Haggai Cohen Milo, and drummer Colin Stranahan layer nuance after nuance on these pieces. These little details—the bass arco passages on title-track “Antidote,” the ingenious reworking of “Over the Rainbow,” the contrast of … Read More

The Blurt Jazz Desk Features BJ Jansen’s “Common Ground”

July 30, 2017Features, Reviews

Bill Kopp, The Blurt It’s a neat trick to make something new while conjuring the aesthetic of something old. But (a) that’s what is expected of jazz players of a certain stripe, and happily (b) that’s what baritone saxophonist B.J. Jansen has taken on as his mission. And with Common Ground, he succeeds. Joined by five … Read More

WTJU Features Darren Barrett’s “dB-ish”

July 30, 2017Features, Reviews

Dave Rogers, WTJU Composer / trumpet and keyboard player Darren Barrett has released six discs prior to this one. He is also an assistant professor at Berklee specifically working with ensembles. This disc certainly focuses on ensemble work and one’s flexibility throughout. In addition to Barrett, the main group includes Santiago Bosch (piano, keyboards), Alexander … Read More

WBGO Includes Rotem Sivan’s “Shahar” in their Take Five Feature

July 11, 2017Features

Nate Chinen, WBGO An Israeli guitarist active on the New York scene, Rotem Sivan has a pealing, silvery tone and a penchant for flowing lyricism. He has made a series of worthy albums with his trio, the fourth of which, Antidote, appears this week. It opens with a tune called “Shahar,” a buoyant proposition: bassist Haggai … Read More