Talinka — Talinka
(Moonjune MJR086, 2017, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2017-08-09
This quartet is led by vocalist Tali Atzmon, a deeply personal and soulful jazz singer who guides this group, providing their direction, though this is clearly a transcendental fusion of folk, jazz, and Middle Eastern sounds. Joining her on this debut release are world acclaimed saxophonist Gilad Atzmon (here he plays soprano sax, accordion, and bass clarinet, and handles production), double bassist Yaron Stavi, and Jenny Bliss Bennett who also sings, plays flute, violin, and viola da gamba (a fretted six-string cello-like instrument typically played like a guitar, but can also be bowed) round out the quartet proper, with two guest players, pianist Frank Harrison and percussionist Enzo Zirilli making very essential contributions to the sound, track depending. The overall feeling of their sound is warm, gentle, and mellow, and the unique blend of instrumentation, especially the combination of viola da gamba and bass clarinet or accordion serve to underscore the power of Tali’s voice, which is at once soulful and soothing. The ten songs presented here are mostly written by Tali or Gilad Atzmon, with a couple group composed pieces, and interpretations of a couple classic standards, “Don’t Explain” and “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” both of which Tali makes her own, blending right in with the originals. In all, the ten pieces presented here are unique, intrinsically beautiful and elemental, enchanting the spirit, warming the heart and freeing the soul.
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