Ofir Shwartz Trio | Earlier in Time

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Earlier in Time

by Ofir Shwartz Trio

European contemporary jazz, original acoustic piano trio music
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Last Time I Checked I Wasn't a Sea Horse Ofir Shwartz
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2. Easy Steps Ofir Shwartz
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3. Here There and Everywhere Ofir Shwartz
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4. Erev Ofir Shwartz
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5. Hurricane Ofir Shwartz
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6. Earlier in Time Ofir Shwartz
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7. Meaning of Life Ofir Shwartz
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8. Piano Suite Ofir Shwartz
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9. Simple Minded Ofir Shwartz
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Album Notes
Earlier in Time is the Ofir Shwartz Trio's debut release, and is comprised of his original compositions, with one cover for Paul McCartney's "Here There and Everywhere". From the very first track, "Last Time I Checked I Wasn't a Sea Horse", Shwartz's attractively melodic and Eastern-European flavored jazz writing is apparent, and the history of piano-led groups (think Keith Jarrett, Bobo Stenson, and Rainer Bruninghaus) comes out in "Easy Steps" and "Earlier in Time". With the addition of colored touch on the Drums of Elad Aizikowitch and the stable but yet variant double-bass playing of Amitai Ladin, "Hurricane" is created to swap off the listener. After the energetic but yet gentle "Meaning of Life", you end up with a deep "Piano Suite" which reminds you that this is a great piano album you're holding now.


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Highly recommended!
I found listening to this album a heartwarming experience for several reasons; the fact that the piano trio is my favorite Jazz trip is already well known to my fiends and foes alike, but the fact that they are capable of playing with such elegance, eloquence and maturity is truly astounding. Combined with the depth of the pianist´s compositions (all the music on this album, except one track, was composed by him), which are mostly lyrical and introvert, the overall impression is deeply moving. The music is much closer to European Jazz than to its American roots, reminiscent of Nordic and East European schools of Jazz composition. Mostly quite precise and well organized; the music sometimes glides into freely improvised passages, which albeit being brief, put it in an entirely new context. The rhythm section gives a perfectly solid support to the soloist, filling in the blanks and complimenting his performances without being intrusive. The interplay between the three musicians is perfectly balanced and respectful, which is a basis of every great piano trio. Shwartz isn´t trying to be overtly virtuosic in his performance, preferring subtlety and subtext to flashy, but meaningless glissandos and arpeggios. Every keystroke is precisely where it belongs, both musically and rhythmically, which is of course the way good music is supposed to be. Beautifully recorded, with a clear and warm resonance and perfect sonic balance between the instruments, this is an album every Jazz connoisseur should enjoy in full.