"This Moment" features renowned drummer Yoron Israel, who has recorded and performed throughout the world with such luminaries as Ahmad Jamal, Abbey Lincoln, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Kenny Burrell, Art Farmer, among numerous others. This is Yoron's eighth recording as a leader or co-leader. He is joined here with his quartet "High Standards", with longtime collaborators Lance Bryant (tenor/soprano saxophones) and Laszlo Gardony (piano), along with newcomer Henry Lugo (bass). This live recording is from a memorable concert at the prestigious Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA, on the evening of June 18, 2013. The repertoire chosen for "This Moment" consists of some new music for the group, namely the songs "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" (track 3), "Her All" (track 4), both penned by Yoron Israel and the lyrical drum set composition "Glory" (track 6), which is a first of its kind on a project led by Yoron. Track 9, "The Eleventh Hour", is a song that the band regularly performed, but on this night it took on a more meaningful significance with the sad news of the recent passing of its composer, pianist Mulgrew Miller, just a few weeks prior. Additionally, as mentioned in the Yoron's Introduction (track 1), the group was celebrating their current highly acclaimed recording at the time, "Visions, the Music of Stevie Wonder", by featuring compositions from that work, including "Where Were You When I Needed You Last Winter" (track 2), "Creepin' " (track 5), "Passionate Raindrops" (track 7) and an adventurous version of "Contusion" (track 8), which in the improvisational nature of great jazz performances, provides over eleven minutes of exhilarating joy. It's also interesting to note how Yoron's arrangements of these Stevie classics have evolved since "Visions". On "This Moment", you are invited to hear and feel the excitement generated by this cohesive quartet as they spontaneously push musical boundaries, inspire one another and touch the hearts of the enthusiastic audience in attendance that summer evening.
Yoron’s prior discography includes “VISIONS – The Music of Steve Wonder (Ronja Music), "Basic Traneing" (Ronja Music), "Chicago" (Double Time), "Live at the Blue Note" (Half Note) and "A Gift for You" (Ronja Music).
In 2012, VISIONS charted for twelve weeks on JazzWeek’s top 50 chart. "Basic Traneing", reached number three on the National Jazz chart in 2004. It features his trio "Organic" with organist Kyle Koehler, guitarist Ed Cherry, along with special guests Jay Hoggard (vibraphone/ marimba) and Bill Pierce (tenor and soprano saxophone).
The recording "Chicago", released in 2000 on the Double Time label, features saxophonist Joe Lovano, organist Larry Goldings and guitarist Marvin Sewell. Yoron pays tribute to his birthplace by performing original works and compositions by other influential Chicago natives such as Johnny Griffin, Maurice White, Jack DeJohnette, Clifford Jordan, Donny Hathaway and Julian Priester.
"Live from the Blue Note" is Yoron Israel's second recording, featuring his quintet, "Connection", with vibraphonist Bryan Carrott, guitarist Ed Cherry, and bassist Sean Conly, alongside special guests, trombonist Steve Turre and saxophonist Eric Alexander. "A Gift for You”, Yoron's debut recording was originally released in 1996 and recently re-released in 2006. It includes performances by pianist James Williams, saxophonists Lance Bryant and Donald Harrison, trumpeter Phillip Harper and bassist John Lockwood along with regulars Carrott and Cherry.
Yoron Israel is currently the Assistant Chair and Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts and Music Director at Victory World Church, Canton, MA. He received his Master of Music degree from Rutgers University '97 (New Brunswick, NJ) and Bachelor of Music degree from Roosevelt University'86 (Chicago IL). As an educator, he is the author of the acclaimed educational DVD, "Creative Jazz Improvisation for Drum Set", published by Hal Leonard and Berklee Press. He has also authored the online course "Drum Set Fundamentals", which is offered through BerkleeMusic.com. Two book projects are planned for 2016.
Mr. Israel was formerly on the faculty at Rutgers University, William Paterson University and Mannes College - The New School For Music. He continues to teach privately, conduct clinics, workshops, residencies and music camps throughout the world. These include the Berklee in Santo Domingo (2014 – present), Havana (Cuba) Jazz Festival, Hokkaido Groove Camp, Sapporo, Japan (2007 - 09), The Seminario & Encuentro Internacional de Jazz, Xalapa Mexico (2010, 2006 & 2004), Berklee Percussion Festivals (2003 - 2010), Taichung Jazz Festivals, Taiwan (2003 & 2004), The International Association of Jazz Educators Convention (2002), The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (2009, 2001), Young Audiences of New Jersey (1994 - 2006), The Vermont Jazz Camp (1990 - 1997) and The Litchfield Jazz Camp (2013, 2012,1999, 1998).
Yoron's varied credits have earned recognition in such publications as The Patriot Ledger, The Enterprise, Jazz.com, Variety, The Royal Gazette, Bermuda, Jazz Improv Magazine, Rocky Mount (NC) Telegraph, Outstanding Young Men of America, Down Beat, Jazz Times, Modern Drummer, Stick It, Percussive Notes, New York Times, Boston Globe and Boston Herald, among others. He is an endorser of Sonor Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads, Vater: Drumsticks, Mallets, Brushes and Hamilton Stands.
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