WHAT THE CRITICS SAY...
“…Piano playing with a lot of elegance and sensitivity… it is evident it is performed with great love and with a thorough acquaintance and respect for the history of Jazz…”
--- Barak Weiss, Artistic Director, Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival
“… a fine trio of solid musicians… (Erev’s solo on ‘These Foolish Things’) is a study in ideation… The stars were aligned just right when ‘ I Remember You’ was added to the mix….This album is jazz in its true form. 5 STARS.”
--- John Gilbert, eJazzNews.com
"… This is a splendid album, quiet and introversive, full of beauty and romance... Most warmly recommended!..."
--- Adam Baruch, jazzis.com
“…a session that is of a whole… a meditation, revealing…that music is, above all, an extended metaphor for time itself.”
--- Samuel Chell, AllAboutJazz
“…a pianist of gentle melody and delicate feeling… he has a story to tell us in his music…”
--- Yossi Harsonski, yosmusic.com
“How pleasant it is to meet ‘About Time’, Ari Erev’s new album… Relaxed, and skilled Trio playing with a deep and warm sound, showing a great love for Jazz… Ari combines abstraction and complexity with warmth, delicacy and beauty, and he does it gently and intelligently, leaving space to each of these foundations…
A heartwarming album with evidence of talent, maturity and lots of good taste…”
--- Avi Efrati, Tel-Aviv News
“…program that is coherent in feeling and approach, lyrical, melodic and carefully reserved… Some of the original compositions… are well-articulated, with a clear and elegantly developed theme, with enough room for his trio members to add their own comments…”
--- Eyal Hareuveni, AllAboutJazz.com
“…very heartfelt jazz trio music… a beautiful "Turn Out The Stars" as program closer… Erev succeeds in displaying his love of this music.”
--- Mark Salesky, blogcritics.com
FROM THE CD LINER NOTES:
For me, this album is About Time...
It is about the relationship between time and memory – how the passing of time facilitates the gathering and shaping of our memories, and then makes them fade and sometimes disappear,
It is about the different perceptions that people have about time – and the way these perceptions affect their lives,
It is about the time we lose… the time we gain… and the choices we make on how to spend our time,
It is about the time it takes until one trusts oneself enough to publicly release music, and about how improvisation - the musical expression of the moment - is captured, to last over time.
……and, it is about the time I spent on making this album.
Israeli-born pianist and composer Ari Erev started playing the piano at the age of 4. His first teacher was his amateur-pianist father and he later studied under Mrs. Silvia Cohen of Tel-Aviv. At the age of 17, after forming and leading a number of contemporary music bands, the exciting sounds of jazz hooked him. Over the years, he studied jazz and improvisation with Dr. Zvi Keren, one of Israel's premiere teachers of musicians and composers, pianists Nahum Perperkovich and Arik Strauss, and with arranger and composer Ilan Mociach at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv.
Throughout his performance career, Ari has worked and cooperated with many Israeli artists, including pop/rock singer Gali Atari and composer Yael German. Jazz musicians with whom he has performed include saxophonists Robert Anchipolovsky (Phil Woods) and Ofer Shapira, bassists Yorai Oron (“Noa”), Arie Volinez (Dave Liebman), Vinnie Venkov and Kobi Hass, drummers Gideon Pasahov and Yoav Zohar, guitarist Ofer Ganor and vocalist Julia Feldman.
He performs regularly with vocalist Tami Kelly, including in a special production for the 20th anniversary of the Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival.
Ari plays and performs in Israel’s top jazz clubs, including "Yellow Submarine" in Jerusalem, "Milestone" in Binyamina, "Shablul Jazz" and "Calif Jazz Club" in Tel-Aviv, as well as on Israeli radio and TV. He composed music for the documentary “Bokito” in 1983 (directed by Reuven Hacker and Shalev Vaynes), has played in a few theater plays, and has served as the musical director for a number of vocalists' jazz productions. He also teaches piano jazz improvisation.
For the past several years, Ari has led a jazz trio performing a tribute program to the music of Bill Evans. Some musical samples from this program, entitled “Jazz From the Heart,” can be found on Ari's site (at: http://www.arierev.com/mehalev).