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by Ayelet Rose Gottlieb

"BEST DEBUT of 2004" All About Jazz-NY
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Peace
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2. Brewing the Brews of Distance
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3. InTernal Autumn Request
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4. What's Done is Done
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5. U're Driving me Crazy
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6. Portrait of U
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7. As I Lay (Al Mishkavi)
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8. Portrait
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9. InTernal-ExTernal
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Chosen by All About Jazz as the "Best Debut CD of 2004," the 27-year old's original compositions represent a range of musical approaches including free improvisations inspired by Gottlieb's explorations of color and sound to robust compositions infused with Middle Eastern sounds and adventurous texts.

Half Sephardic-Israeli and half Swiss, Gottlieb moved to Boston in 2000, to attend the New England Conservatory. While there, she studied with such notable jazz artist/educators as Dominique Eade, Ran Blake, Cecil McBee, and George Russell. Chosen to perform with the Conservatory's Honors Improvisation Ensemble (2000-01), Gottlieb has also appeared at the renowned Israel Festival with the Israel Philharmonic (conducted by Beatles producer/arranger Sir George Martin), as well as featured on WGBH's "Greater Boston Arts" in honor of Mr. Gunther Schuller's 75th birthday. In 2002 she performed in the Boston Pops "Spring Gala" and in 2004, she performed with pianist Anat Fort at the IAJE Convention in NYC.

Internal- External was recorded in 2002, just weeks after Gottlieb graduated from the Conservatory and moved to New York. Gottlieb's integrates her international roots with musical influences such as Betty Carter, Ornette Coleman and 1950s Egyptian chanteuse, Oum Koulthum, drawing upon traditional jazz, free improvisation, and her Jewish and Middle Eastern roots. She sings in both English and Hebrew, as well as without words at all.

On Track #7 of InTernal- ExTernal is Al Mishkavi (As I Lay), a "preview" track to her second CD, which features her compositions to 10 segments of text from the erotic Biblical love poem "Song of Songs" attributed to King Solomon.

Additional tracks on the CD include Ornette Coleman's "Peace" with Gottlieb's lyrics (English) , as well as "What's Done Is Done" and "Portrait of U" featuring various instrumentalists in the band with vocalizing by Gottlieb.

The CD features:
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb- Voice/ Compositions
Shahar Levavi- Guitar
Avishai Cohen- Trumpet
Matana Roberts- Alto Saxophone
Matt Mitchell- Piano
Ed Schuller- Bass
Bob Meyer- Drums



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Kyra Folk-Farber

The Western Jewish Bulletin
Vocalist Ayelet Gottlieb glides with ease from Hebrew to English to wordless sound, and she uses every "language" with striking sophistication. Each song on her CD InTernal/ExTernal is unique, yet the album flows from beginning to end. It starts with "Peace," the oft-played but rarely sung jazz standard by Ornette Coleman, with Gottlieb's own text describing the emotions that accompany a journey from her home town of Jerusalem. It ends with Gottlieb's original "Internal/External," a largely improvised piece with text from an essay by painter Wassily Kandinsky.

In another Gottlieb composition, "Al Mishkavi" ("As I Lay"), the Hebrew text extracted from the biblical "Song of Songs" is sung as a powerful duet with trumpeter Avishai Cohen. Gottlieb's use of her talents is perhaps the most straightforward here: the song's structure is simple and strong; she treats every word with care, and sings with a deep, warm sound to express the underlying message about love. Other tracks, though, have her integrating into group improvisations that foray into unknown worlds, and still others have her vocalizing sounds beyond your imagination. Gottlieb has been compared to Bjork, the late Jeanne Lee and other great singers. Their shared quality is simply this: they all paved their own roads.


Little more can be said about AYELET ROSE GOTTIEBs STUNNING debut album, but to say nothing said can over rate or sell this CD. A true TRUE jazz singer.. BUY IT

Andrey Henkin (From Liner Notes to InTernal-ExTernal)

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb is jazz vocals' vibrant
If jazz is dying, then vocal jazz is probably already cold. but if this is all nonsense, and it is, then Ayelet Rose Gottlieb is jazz vocals' vibrant beating pulse. Upon hearing her debut effort, I was struck by many things: Her ability to assimilate all the masters of the form, not stopping at Billie Holiday but going on forward to Jeanne Lee and beyond; Her understanding of musical composition; and her courage in investing every note of her songs and delivery with her wit, heritage and personality.

Gottlieb's Internal- External is a far cry from today's average vocal record. Of the outside sources she chooses, Ornette Coleman's "Peace" is almost a standard in certain circles though not for singers and Mingus' "Portrait" is one of the bassist's more obscure compositions. But the strength of Ayelet Rose Gottlieb is not in her ability to interpret other people's work but to creat her own. Throughout the record, she is in the musical trenches with her companions, talented players of a couple of generations. Rather than being borne aloft by a backing band, she is fully integrated into the complex and robust compositions. Gottlieb is not another singer who felt that jazz would put her in the spotlight. Rather, she is an accomplished musician and writer who understands that the voice was the first instrument and that she has a long heritage not only to uphold but also to continue.

All About Jazz NY

vibrant endeavor to expand vocal jazz
Fairytales and myths abound with characters like vocalist Ayelet Rose Gottlieb. One recent night the tiny being took the stage at Cornelia Street Café. Dressed in filmy black attire, with a purple beaded, net kerchief wrapped around her cascading dark hair, she resembled a midnight mermaid glittering with dew from the sea.

Upon opening her mouth, it seemed the 25 year-old’s ancestry must include those bewitching sirens of Greek legend, though her music is culled from a place eastward across the Mediterranean. Gottlieb’s debut disc, Internal/External, combines her intense connection to Israeli roots with a vibrant endeavor to expand vocal jazz.

“As I Lay (Al Mishavi)” directly quotes the bible (Song Of Songs 3:1 to 5:5). Sung entirely in Hebrew, the song warns about the perils of true love found too fast. Gottlieb’s resonant vocals and Avishai Cohen’s foreboding trumpet solos lend a gracious elegance to this gorgeous track with a strong, heel-stomping beat. Other tunes convey Gottlieb’s Jewish influence in less traditional ways. Unabashedly confident in experimenting with the range and sounds of her voice, she makes frequent use of Hebrew inflections. On “Brewing The Brews Of Distance,” a group improvisation, she gurgles from the back of her throat, rolls her tongue, and yells in undulating rhythms—an adventurous foray, though not entirely pleasant to the ear.

Gottlieb’s still in the early stages of developing a relationship with her voice, but the two are eager to make fast friends. You can tell she really enjoys scatting. On “What’s Done Is Done,” her voice blends with the trumpet and skips joyfully across the expansive drums and churning bass line, like a sunfish skimming and bobbing over gently rolling waves.

Bassist Ed Schuller and drummer Bob Meyer mesh beautifully together and create a lush cushion for the other musicians to saunter across. On “Portrait Of U” Shahar Levavi’s guitar whispers through the bass solo adding a subdued layer to the exotic rhythm. Pianist Matt Mitchell, and Cohen combine for a breathtaking duo for Charles Mingus’ “Portrait,” which joins Ornette Coleman’s “Peace” for two jazz treasures on the album. The latter features a sharp, wild solo by alto saxophonist Matana Roberts, and Gottlieb lyrics that depict a tale of homesickness.

The final, and title track sets music to the philosophical words of Russian abstract painter and musician Wassily Kandinsky. The text examines human isolation versus involvement in the world, and in art. Gottlieb recites with enthusiastic aplomb as the band backs her with a frenzy of ethereal shimmer and dangerous pluck.


What a wonderful voice.
Fun and Fresh throughout.
This girl has it, and it is AMAZING!