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by Tamir Hendelman

Modern Piano Trio Jazz - dynamic debut solo recording with fresh, inventive takes on jazz standards and five colorful originals- with the first-class rhythm section of John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Driftin'
4:53 album only
2. I'm Old Fashioned
4:04 album only
3. Playground
5:22 album only
4. Sycamore
5:10 album only
5. Tiger's Lair
4:48 album only
6. It's Only A Paper Moon
5:03 album only
7. It Never Entered My Mind
6:19 album only
8. Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me
6:33 album only
9. Spring Action
3:34 album only
10. Singin' In The Rain
5:23 album only
11. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
4:33 album only
12. The Cape Verdean Blues
6:27 album only
13. Almost Summer
5:13 album only


Album Notes
This is a special limited US edition of Tamir's debut CD, originally released in Japan in July 2008. Joined by the ace rhythm section of bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton, Tamir explores music by Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen and Herbie Hancock and presents a handful of colorful originals.

Tamir has led his own trio for the last decade, while touring and recording with the Jeff Hamilton Trio (since 2000) and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (since 2001) in the US, Europe and Japan. He has performed with saxophonists James Moody, Houston Person and Teddy Edwards; recorded, arranged and toured with jazz vocalists Roberta Gambarini, Jackie Ryan and Greta Matassa and recently recorded on Natalie Cole's "Still Unforgettable" and on an upcoming release by Barbra Streisand.

Jazz writer Chuck Berg had this to say of a recent performance of the music in "Playground": "Hendelman's music, although as complex as anything in jazz, nontheless possesses a down-to-earth accessibility that grabs musicians and nonmusicians alike... Another of the pianist's attributes is his unwavering intensity. Regardless of tempos or texture, Hendelman's improvisational lines let loose dramatic and musical surprises everywhere."

Judith Schlesinger, All About Jazz: "Tamir's reputation for superb arranging and piano playing has grown exponentially in the past decade."

One of Tamir's most special memories was in 2001, when he joined the CHJO and performed Oscar Peterson's Canadiana Suite at the Hollywood Bowl with the maestro present. In his web journal of September 10, 2001 Oscar Peterson wrote: "As I sat in the wings, I was exhilarated to hear this different and thoughtful reading of my compositions... I must single out some wonderful and creative solo segments by a young pianist named Tamir Hendelman. It was a satisfying feeling to follow the various tunes and then suddenly hear a new young voice make some exhilarating and thoughtful solos in the spaces that I used to occupy in those pieces. I was not only pleased to hear this invigorating performance of my work, but also refreshed by the inventive passages provided by Tamir. I look forward to hearing more from him."



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Gary Murphy

Tamir Hendelman: Playground
It's always a joy when I hear there is new material by Tamir, John Clayton or Jeff Hamilton. When they are all together, you know it's going to be good.

That is certainly the case with this album. I hear bits of Andre Previn and Bill Evans in his playing, but Tamir really has a style all of his own... and what a great style it is.

The piano playing is complex, yet accessible. The creative arrangements only add to the listening pleasure.

The rhythm section is the best there is. Jeff Hamilton is perhaps the greatest jazz drummer that ever lived. John Clayton's bass is always a treat.

If you are a fan of the jazz trio, you will enjoy this work from these marvelous musicians.

John Birchard

Hendelman Promising New Star
Tamir Hendelman shows signs of individuality among his various influences. His composition, "Playground", is attractive and funky. The way he re-does Horace Silver's "Cape Verdean Blues" demonstrates a fresh approach as well as impressive chops. That Hendelman has been chosen by Clayton and Hamilton to play in their band is high praise, as is their presence on Tamir's own CD.

I also liked his original ballads, "Sycamore" and "Almost Summer". They put the listener in a quiet mood. In a way, Tamir Hendelman reminds me of Victor Feldman, a non-American who speaks the language of jazz like a native. I look forward to hearing more.

John Birchard

Ronnie Bottomley

Tamir Hendelman: Playground
It's everything that I expected it to be from these three giants - Tamir, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton. My shelves are already bulging with previuos examples of their talent and this CD certainly keeps up the standard. Tamir's wonderful arrangements, so full of harmonic syncopation and color, are always a pure joy and wonder to listen to.

Glen M. Brown

I have over 4,000 jazz trio cd's in my collection. I love this cd. I would give the recording quality of the cd about a 7.5

Michael Lange

Exhilarating performance and style. Wonderful imagery, exquisite tone and technique. I love this CD.