ORAN ETKIN

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Gath­er­ing Light Motéma Mu­sic

★★★★

Bass clar­inetist Oran Etkin is a mu­si­cian with his ears wide open, ab­sorb­ing in­flu­ences from west Africa, the Far East and Europe as well as his na­tive Is­rael. All are deftly in­ter­wo­ven on the New Yorker’s third re­lease as a leader, a mix of orig­i­nals and tra­di­tional tunes, im­pec­ca­bly played by a heavy­weight quin­tet that also in­cludes Beni­nese gui­tarist Lionel Loueke, bassist Ben Al­li­son, drum­mer Nasheet Waits and trom­bon­ist Cur­tis Fowlkes. With such vir­tu­osic talent at Etkin’s com­mand, it would have been easy to de­scend into show­man­ship, but his quirky tunes have the op­po­site ef­fect on the mu­si­cians. This is world mu­sic in the true sense, not a lazy hy­brid but a per­sonal sound born out of deep re­spect for di­verse mu­si­cal tra­di­tions. oranetkin.com

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