"a gifted artist... one of the finest pianists
on the international jazz scene today."
Edward Blanco, ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"His touch and intimate feel for the
melody is absolutely gorgeous.."
Adam Baruch, jazzis.com
"Once in a while, an artist shines with the
unalloyed beauty, accessibility and blitheness.."
Adrian Pallant, AP-Reviews.com
Jazz pianist and composer Ari Erev performs regularly in Israel and in Europe in Piano Solo or Trio settings.
His music always tells a story...
It blends a deep classical touch, producing an intimate, delicate and emotional style which is inspired by pianists such as Bill Evans and Fred Hersch, with an energetic, latin-oriented and rhythmic drive, such as those found with pianist Michell Petrucciani, to produce a mature voice of his own.
"Close to Home" tells the story of family members, close friends and familiar places, to whom we relate and feel deep emotions towards. The music melds highly-melodic Jazz, wrapped in rich harmony textures and Latin-inspired rhythms with soulful sound and sensitive playing conveying deep emotions and an artistically-performed personal voice.
"True twenty first century modern jazz sensibilities...
remarkable tonality and improvisational skills... Superbly presented...
Greatly enhances the profile of Israeli jazz on the world scene."
"...Beautifully melodic, with strong rhythmic presence...Erev is a wonderful songweaver... His magic touch on the keyboard is pure delight... with glimpses of Bill Evans lurking from above.
Another solid addition to Erev's recorded legacy, and a fine portrait of the diversity of Israeli Jazz... Highly recommended,"
"Ever the melodicist and bestower of hope and light... beauty which clearly amplifies its overarching title...
There's a warmth and a focus that... reflects the album theme.
'Falling in Place' is certainly an irresistible, tightly executed, good-time gem!"