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Rotem Sivan Trio

"A New Dance"

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I don't know if there are any jazz guitarists left in Israel, but there's no shortage of them heating up the American scene. As if Gilad Hekselman, Roni Ben-Hur, and Yotam Silberstein aren't enough, The Rotem Sivan Trio's "A New Dance" showcases the work of another superb Israeli guitarist. Sivan studied classical composition at Tel Aviv University before moving to New York, and sharpened his skills in the bands of Peter Bernstein, Ben Street, and others. He is outstanding here with solid support from Haggai Cohen-Milo on bass, and Colin Stranahan, drums.

On his own tunes, Sivan demonstrates both technical and compositional prowess. When he plays a standard like "Angel Eyes" he reinvents it, employing a rough, distorted style recalling Jimi Hendrix's "Angel." "Almond Tree," featuring beautiful vocals by Daniel Wright, might seem out of place, but over several listens it stands out as a beautiful jewel. Whether creating textures or dancing through impossibly complex solos, the common denominator throughout the album is Sivan's gorgeous guitar.