Yoron Israel Jazz Quartet
YORON ISRAEL bring his group, “High Standards” to TBT as they tour throughout the United States and look toward South African and European tours next year.
His recent recording “VISIONS, The Music of Stevie Wonder” has received rave reviews and enthusiastic support from radio, print media and the public at large. “High Standards”, features Yoron Israel – drums, percussion, Laszlo Gardony – piano, Lance Bryant – saxophone, Henry Lugo – bass. For certain engagements, the group is augmented with guest artists Thaddeus Hogarth – guitar & harmonica and Larry Roland – poet.
“Visions: The Music Of Stevie Wonder” is unique in that it is a rework of Stevie Wonder’s music, but as Israel hears it. He says this is always the way he heard Wonder’s music, and he has put it into a form where we can share and enjoy his concept with him. Musically sound and full of innovations, I really enjoyed his approach to making the music in the form of jazz. Israel states that Wonder, in his opinion, was always a Jazz composer even if his music was more mainstream R&B.
Israel, leading his band from the drummer’s position is amazing, and his playing is consistent and fabulous. Always making his presence heard and felt, his abilities are reminiscent of the late great Art Blakey.
“Visions” with spoken word is bad to the bone with perfect balance, and the spoken word adds an interesting touch. The musicians backing Israel up do a tremendous job in their playing as well, exploring the works of one of the greatest American artists to ever perform.
Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at door