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Adam Ben Ezra : Pin Drop

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UK release date 19.05.2017

An introspective and moody debut from Israeli double-bassist Adam Ben Ezra. His offering ‘Pin Drop’ recorded before a live audience at the Little Big Beat Studios in Lichtenstein offers the listener a trip to another distant yet enchanting world.Talking about world I would bracket it in that genre 'World Music'.The thread is middle eastern meets India via the south of Spain.The material is sparse, highlighting the interplay of the incredibly agile bass playing that this man can manifest with his superb percussionist,his equal in this ever exciting dual.

The eastern scale stuff really works a treat especially on 'Balagusto' with its complex Indian fusions and exciting word interplays, 'India Time' and 'Flamenco' also have thrilling elements and the house inspired 'Lord Of Forgiveness' with it's wailing duduk, completes an extremely ambitious project.The work takes time to get into and the beginning meanders but when it gets going it's well worth the ride.
Words Emrys Baird

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