Today, Fresh Sound Records is proud to release saxophonist and composer Eden Bareket’s sophomore album Night! Featuring Eden’s brother Or Baraket on bass and Chile-native Felix Lecaros on drums, Night serves as a meditation on the contrasting inner worlds of both dark depths and bright peaks. On this nine-track collection, this minimalist group pushes the sound of the baritone sax to the forefront. With the help of his talented colleagues, the Israeli native explores, discovers and expands the possibilities of the baritone saxophone as both a percussive and melodic instrument, playing bass lines on one hand and melodies in the higher altissimo range on the other. Born in Buenos Aires, raised in Israel and now a resident of New York, Bareket combines a vast collection of dynamic influences from his diverse background on this exciting new release.
Recorded at the end of 2017 at Bacque Recording Studios, New Jersey, Night is comprised of eight original tunes and a re-arranged Matti Caspi track, entitled “Lost Melody”. “Baccatum” – the second track of the album – draws its inspiration from the landscape, food, culture and of course music of Peru. Bareket simply modified the rhythm of a dance known as “Festejo” to 5/4 time and added the melody on top. Another stand-out track from the album is “Night Creatures”. Appropriately titled, Bareket mirrored the dynamics of this composition to the image of nocturnal animals creeping out of their nooks during night fall, particularly in a forest or desert. In a trickle that gradually intensifies, “Night Creatures” was written as a canon – just as the bass introduces the track and is followed by the sax leading the melody, the track begins to close with the melody progressively fading out – suggesting the break of dawn. Reflecting upon an argument with his girlfriend, “You’re Wrong” – ironically an audience favorite, Bareket explains – captures the one-dimensional mind set one can find themselves in, in the midst of a dispute.
Incorporating Bareket’s wide-spanning cultural background, Night is an exciting new release which chronicles an array of the saxophonist’s musical and personal experiences. With the support of this trio, Bareket utilizes this album to push the boundaries of his instrument and expand upon his compositional talents.
MORE ABOUT EDEN BAREKET
Born in Argentina and raised in Israel, Eden Bareket began to play the alto sax at age nine and by age fifteen, decided to focus on becoming a baritone saxophonist. Under both the “America-Israel Cultural Fund” and the “Ran Baron Memorial” scholarships, Bareket studied at the Israeli Conservatory for Music in Tel Aviv, with such Israeli jazz masters as Erez Bar-Noy, Yuval Cohen, Amit Golan, Avishai Cohen and more. He has had the privilege of performing regularly with leading Israeli jazz artists such as Amit Golan, Mamelo Gaitanopolous and more. Some of his notable early performances include, the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival with both Odean Pope, and his own group, the Eden Bareket Quintet and appearances at the Red Sea Jazz Festival with Israeli jazz great Mamelo Gaitanopolous, the Amit Golan Quintet, and the Israeli big-band.
While participating in the Jazz & Creative Music workshop at the Banff Center in Canada, Eden studied and played with an array of accomplished jazz musicians including Dave Douglas, Joshua Redman, Don Byron and many more. As part of a Weill Institute Young Artists Workshop directed by Dave Douglas, Eden was selected to perform his own original composition at Carnegie Hall, NYC in 2010. Since moving to New York in 2013, Eden quickly gained notice as an in-demand sideman. The saxophonist has performed at various venues including The Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Smalls Jazz Club. He has lent his skills as a producer, composer and arranger to projects including the NDR Big Band, Anat Cohen tentet, The Side Project, Anbessa Orchestra, Kami Maltz, Ari Hoenig Nonet, and the Eyal Vilner Big Band among many others. As a leader, Bareket has woven these disparate musical strands together in his own trio project. His first album “Choice” was released in 2016 on Freshsound records and was followed by numerous concerts in Europe, South America and Israel.