From JAZZCORNER: “Tenor Saxophonist Eli Degibri Celebrates Release of New Album ‘Soul Station'”


Tuesday, October 2 at Jazz Standard, NYC

Jazz Standard by Hannah Mattix

Album Evokes Sense of Déjà Vu with
Innovative Reworking of Tenor Saxophonist
Hank Mobley’s Iconic Soul Station

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On October 5, 2018, 40-year-old tenor saxophonist Eli Degibri releases his eighth album Soul Station (via Degibri Records). If the title evokes a sense of déjà vu, that’s because Degibri conceived the date as a tune-for-tune “remake” of an iconic 1960 album of that name for Blue Note Records led by tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley (1930-1986) with a hall-of-fame rhythm section of master practitioners of swing and blues-oriented expression – pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Art Blakey. Fifty-seven years later, Tel Aviv native and resident Degibri and his rhythm section of Israeli twenty-somethings capture the soulful earthiness of those proceedings, while imbuing the repertoire with their individualism and articulate it in their own manner.

After moving back to his homeland from New York in 2011, Degibri – who is the artistic director of the Red Sea Jazz Festival – began forming bands culled from Israel’s large pool of young hardcore jazz oriented musicians. He’s worked with the musicians on Soul Station – pianist Tom Oren, bassist Tamir Shmerling, and drummer Eviatar Slivnik for the last three years.

“All my guys knew all this music, because in Israel Soul Station is taught in school,” Eli Degibri says, explaining why this quartet of Millennials renders the repertoire with the seasoned flair you might associate with masters who came of age during the aftermath of World War II. “The kids in Israel know their tradition. They don’t feel it’s not cool to play 4/4 rhythm changes or to play the blues. I think it’s nice for my audience to hear where all the music came from. At the end of the day, I like to play standards. Making them sound good and fresh is important to me.”

Eli Degibri Quartet will be performing

Tuesday, October 2
Performances at 7:30PM & 9:30PM

Jazz Standard
116 E 27th St.
New York, NY 10016
(ph) 212-576-2232

Eli Degibri – tenor / soprano sax
Tom Oren – piano
Tamir Shmerling – bass
Eviatar Slivnik – drums


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