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Ben-Or, Yotam: Sitting On A Cloud

Yotam Ben-Or is a harmonica player who has recently released his debut album titled Sitting On A Cloud. Ben-Or composed, arranged and supplied the lyrics for all ten tracks. On the album we have:

Ben-Or (harmonica, vocals on tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 9), percussion on tracks 1 and 10, piano on track 7)
Gabriel Chakarji (piano)
Alon Near (bass)
Ofri Nehamya (drums)
Julia Bilat (cello on tracks 2, 5, 6, 7)
Erez Feuer (trumpet on tracks 4, 9)
Itamar Shatz (tenor sax on tracks 4, 9)
Rogerio Boccato (percussion on track 8)
Yumi Oshima (viola on track 5)
Tal Mashiach (bass on track 7)

This is a melodic jazz album with its fair share of solos and invigorating band interplay. What makes this a little different is the use of harmonica, often as a lead instrument which is a nice change. On “Viva Hermeto Pascoal”, a track influenced by the Brazilian composer, treated piano, harmonica and busy drum work sets the music in motion. As the groove settles in superb harmonica and piano solos soon follow. “Opening” is more somber featuring cello and punctuated with pretty piano and harmonica. “Ebb and Flow” is another nice track starting with a moment of tranquility, and as the band begins the flow is quite spry as the musicians exhibit their considerable talent. Really, the ensemble playing and on point solos makes for a great listen, thus earning an excellent four stars.

Track Listing:
1. Viva Hermeto Pascoal (3:44)
2. Opening (1:42)
3. Ebb and Flow (3:20)
4. Sitting on a Cloud (4:04)
5. The Swamp Song (2:40)
6. Li(a)ne (3:14)
7. Song for an Ant (1:07)
8. Astar (5:58)
9. I didn’t reach the light by windfall (2:45)
10. Enyaw (3:46)

Added: September 5th 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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