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Ehud Asherie • Lockout


by Stewart Mason  
Israeli-born, New York-based post-bop pianist Ehud Asherie makes his debut as a leader with the unflashy small-combo set Lockout. Leading a solos-discouraged rhythm section (bassist Joel Forbes and drummer Phil Stewart) alongside a front line of trumpeter Ryan Kisor and tenor Grant Stewart (with whose quartet the young pianist got his first major exposure) on a set evenly split between originals and standards, Asherie generally keeps the tempos fleet and the spotlight moving. Asherie, Stewart, and Kisor all get their showcases, Stewart's most impressive workout coming on a briskly paced run through Dizzy Gillespie's "Shaw 'Nuff" that's so speedy that the leader himself nearly falls apart at one point on his solo. But Asherie isn't afraid of lyricism, either, as evinced by his lovely, Tommy Flanagan-like solo intro to a reflective take on Irving Berlin's "Isn't This a Lovely Day?" Though Lockout is a completely straightforward set that rarely strays out of its comfort zone, that's not a fault on its part: this music's melodic invention and rhythmic ease are the result of its players' well-earned confidence, which makes Lockout a low-key gem.


por Stewart Mason  
El pianista post-bop Ehud Asherie, nacido en Israel y afincado en Nueva York, debuta como líder con el poco llamativo conjunto de pequeños combos Lockout. Al frente de una sección rítmica que no hace solos (el bajista Joel Forbes y el baterista Phil Stewart) junto con el trompetista Ryan Kisor y el tenor Grant Stewart (con cuyo cuarteto el joven pianista tuvo su primera exposición importante) en un conjunto dividido por igual entre originales y estándares, Asherie generalmente mantiene los tempos rápidos y el protagonismo. Asherie, Stewart y Kisor se lucen, y el ejercicio más impresionante de Stewart se produce en una carrera de ritmo rápido a través de "Shaw 'Nuff" de Dizzy Gillespie que es tan rápida que el propio líder casi se desmorona en un momento de su solo. Pero a Asherie tampoco le asusta el lirismo, como demuestra su encantadora introducción al solo, al estilo de Tommy Flanagan, en una versión reflexiva de "Isn't This a Lovely Day" de Irving Berlin. Aunque Lockout es un conjunto completamente directo que rara vez se aleja de su zona de confort, eso no es un fallo por su parte: la invención melódica y la facilidad rítmica de esta música son el resultado de la bien ganada confianza de sus músicos, lo que hace de Lockout una joya de bajo perfil. ...

1 - Mixed Emotions  4:55
2 - Chonky  5:14
3 - Shaw 'Nuff  5:58
4 - Isn't This A Lovely Day  7:16
5 - Lockout  7:28
6 - The Special  7:02
7 - Un Poco Loco  9:02
8 - I Had The Craziest Dream  7:48
9 - Bringing Up Father  6:56

Double Bass – Joel Forbes
Drums – Phil Stewart
Engineer [Assistant] – Max Ross
Photography By – Tory Williams
Photography By [Additional] – Ryan O'Toole (3)
Piano – Ehud Asherie
Producer – Marc Free
Producer, Engineer, Mastered By – Nick O'Toole
Tenor Saxophone – Grant Stewart
Trumpet – Ryan Kisor (tracks: 3, 5, 8, 9)
Recorded at System Two, Brooklyn, NY, February 5. 2007

Label:    Posi-Tone – PR8032
Country:    US
Released:    2007
Genre:    Jazz
Style:    Bop

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