"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
"a powerful fluid musical statement containing excellent new material,... a remarkable performance from a gifted artist whose expressive playing style and clever compositions, elevate him as one of the finest pianists on the international jazz scene today."
"Beautiful Waltz, modulations that generate hope, bounties and consonance..."
"...Once in a while, an artist shines with the unalloyed beauty, accessibility and blitheness of their approach. ...compositional mastery... ...a quiet sophistication - a fine, sonorous groove... ...Flow certainly seems to catch the summertime mood with finesse."
"...An album that invites you to a repeated listening... ..a whole world of melody and improvisation... One of the most creative Israeli jazz albums I've listened to... Colorful, melodic music, full of emotion and sensitive playing. What else can one ask for?" (Translated)
"...like an evolving (musical) suite of twelve parts... perfect solos which capture the essence of the album title. A high-class album, you would willingly repeat listening to." (Translated)
"...the album is beautifully played, with Erev weaving wonderfully melodic piano lines."
In this album, pianist Ari Erev continues his exploration of combining percussive Latin rhythms with the rich harmonies of post-bop Jazz, while still maintaining his gentle and expressive touch on the piano.
The result is a personal and artistically-performed album based on Erev's original tunes, and complemented by tunes by American pianist Fred Hersch, Brazilian pianist Debora Gurgel, and a tune by the distinguished Israeli composer Yohanan Zarai.
Erev dedicates "July, Again", one of his original tunes, to the memory of bassist Udi Kazmirski, a close friend and member of his trio who passed away in 2012.
Some of the best Israeli Jazz musicians join Erev in this Trio/Quintet project:
Bassist Eli Magen, is one of the most appreciated musicians in Israel, with history of playing (and singing) with all who's and who's in the Israeli Pop/Rock and Jazz domains, as well as an ex-double-bassist of the Israeli Philharmonic orchestra. Magen brings to the project superb musicianship and his wonderful sound and melodic bass line, while drummer Ron Almog provides a solid pulse complemented with varied tensions.
Joining the trio on five of the tunes are: Yuval Coehn ("3 Cohens") on Soprano sax. who contribues his superb musicianship and rich melodic lines, and Gilad Dobrecky on percussion, who adds a Latin touch, full of colors and imagination to the mix.
For me Flow has two meanings:
One is a stream of water that is directional and repetitive. However, the repetitiveness is not even and comprises a wide variety of large and small streams, colliding, converging and splitting again. I see resemblance between Flow and Music. Similarly to a flow, music consists of numerous different streams that have the same general direction and ‑ especially with improvisation ‑ never exactly repeat themselves.
Another meaning is a state of mind during which one is immersed in a continuous act of doing something, such as learning or creating, usually with great enjoyment and complete focus, without even noticing the passage of time. It is as if the time becomes suspended and the perception of reality is blurred by the unconscious. Some people may regard this as the embodiment of Happiness itself...
. . .
I hope you let my music flow into your hearts and minds.
Ari Erev, January 2016
Live Interview by Dubi Lenz, in "Not Only Jazz" program, in Israeli Radio Channel "88 FM". (In Hebrew).