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Long Ride Back

by Sarel River

A Modern contemporary jazz guitarist with strong roots on a traditional jazz and Latin
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Home Alone
4:33 $2.99
2. Main St. Fugue
7:20 $2.99
3. Back in Town
7:39 $2.99
4. Long Ride Back
6:01 $2.99
5. Are We There Yet
7:45 $2.99
6. Tales from the Dark Side
6:49 $2.99
7. Misery in the Box
7:23 $2.99
8. Stormy Tuesday
6:51 $2.99
9. Winter in Budapest
5:44 $2.99
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Sarel River
Long Ride Back

Sarel River is a talented jazz guitarist with a sound and a melodic style all his own. Born and raised in Israel, after a period on the violin, he began playing the guitar when he was 18. After his mandatory military service in the Israeli army, Sarel was introduced to jazz and that became the focus of his musical life. The guitarist left Israel in 1989 to attend the Berklee College of Music. After graduating, he spent a period in Budapest where his wife was studying medicine. By 1995 he had returned to the U.S., settling in New York. Since then, he has freelanced with many different jazz groups, developed his own approach to playing guitar, organized his own groups, and led a few albums of his own.
Long Ride Back builds upon the success of the guitarist’s Mr. Blue Eyes and 2 In One CDs. For this modern jazz project, Sarel River is at the head of a trio featuring organist Rob Oswanski (who also contributes some accordion) and drummer Marcello Pollitteri. The nine songs are all originals by the leader and, while melodic, they also contain their share of subtle surprises.
The CD begins with “Home Alone,” a medium-tempo blues that features the trio at its most swinging and serves as a fine introduction to the group. “Main St. Fugue” has the feel of Bach in its downward pattern and also a bit of Thelonious Monk in its quirkiness. The advanced jazz waltz “Back In Town” includes some passionate playing by each of the musicians while “Long Ride Back” has a rhythmic figure that pops up throughout the piece, inspiring some medium-tempo swinging. It might be a long ride but the musicians make it all sound joyful.
“Are We There Yet” is a fairly simple piece built off of a riff but it includes a particularly adventurous guitar solo. “Tales From The Dark Side” is both relaxed and as mysterious as its title. The thoughtful ballad, “Misery In The Box,” contains one of the strongest melodies of the set with the guitarist really letting his sound sing and ring while being perfectly supported by organist Oswanski. The stimulating program concludes with the catchy “Stormy Tuesday” and the moody and picturesque “Winter In Budapest.”
Long Ride Back features Sarel River as an inventive and creative guitarist who is moving jazz forward. It makes for an enjoyable listen and is easily recommended.

Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and the author of 11 books including The Great Jazz Guitarists



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