lundi 15 octobre 2012

Concert Gilad Hekselman Quartet feat Mark Turner; Le Vigan 20 Octobre

La fine fleur du Jazz new-yorkais débarque au Vigan !

Né en Israël en 1983, Gilad a étudié le piano classique dès l’âge de six ans et la guitare à l’âge de 9 ans ! À 15 ans, il entre dans la prestigieuse Thelma Yellin School of Arts, où il obtient son diplôme avec excellence, du département de jazz. Depuis son arrivée en 2004, Gilad Hekselman a partagé la scène avec certains des plus grands artistes de la scène jazz new-yorkaise dont Chris Potter, Mark Turner, John Scofield, Anat Cohen, Ari Hoenig, Sam Yahel, Jeff Ballard, Gretchen Parlato, Avishaï Cohen, Watts “Tain” Jeff, Tigran Hamasyan, Parcs et Aaron Hutchinson Greg…et devient ainsi un des guitaristes les plus prometteurs de sa génération.
Le dernier opus de Gilad est fait de contrastes : il juxtapose simplicité et profondeur. Privilégiant l’émotion et la sincérité, son nouvel opus nous présente l’un des groupes de jazz les plus enthousiasmant de la scène new-yorkaise actuelle. Inspirée de musique très diverses comme les musiques rock, classique, indienne, africaine, israélienne pour n’en citer que quelques unes.
Chance inouïe pour ce concert, le grand saxophoniste Mark Turner sera présent aux côtés du groupe pour apporter son talent au service des compositions de Gilad Hekselman.
Avec :
Gilad Hekselman : guitare
Reuben Rogers : contrebasse
Obed Calvaire : batterie
Mark Turner : saxophone

LE VIGAN, Samedi 20 octobre 21h00
Auditorium du Lycée André Chamson

Hearts Wide Open”
(Le Chant du Monde)
Gilad Hekselman, a young Israeli musician living in New York, has become important over the last five years — if not yet to jazz listeners in general, at least to the serious-minded subculture of jazz-guitar students. In that time he’s performed almost constantly with his trio and guest players at the West Village clubs Smalls and Fat Cat, and one can tell: he plays the long sweeps of notes, harmonically mobile and emotionally humid, that have grown like vines in those places.
Fifteen years ago he probably would have been signed to a major label. You might already have read about him in a men’s magazine, or seen his face on a display rack at Tower Records. But the jazz business is more modest and artist-directed now. Since 2007 he has made two fine records (“SplitLife” and “Words Unspoken”) without much notice. His third, “Hearts Wide Open,” brings a better group sound, better tunes, better soloing. This is where you, the listener, should come in.
Mr. Hekselman’s rhythm section includes the bassist Joe Martin and the drummer Marcus Gilmore. They’ve been performing these original songs for a while, and they know their dynamics, supporting quiet music with authority. (Mr. Gilmore, in particular, rushes into the available spaces like water, complementing the guitar’s rhythmic shapes with his own.) The tenor-saxophonist Mark Turner plays on most of the album too, and opens hidden rooms of his talent; on the second half of the track “Understanding,” the music turns almost gospel, and an even-tempered musician goes credibly gutbucket.
Crucially, this record isn’t only understandable as jazz-guitar music, a maze of speed and soloing. Some of these tracks — particularly “Hazelnut Eyes,” his high mark so far, with its beguiling chorus that helps seven and a half minutes fly by; the folklike “Flower”; and the short, free-rhythm “Will You Let It?” — are actually songs, singable, playable on other instruments. They are melodies that stay with you.
He’s also found a further refinement in his improvising: at places, among all the displays of study and practice, he’s able to detach from a song’s chord changes and the rhythm and play more freely, in a manner that suggests Paul Bley or Ornette Coleman (whose melody for “Blues Connotation” he keeps gesturing toward in “The Bucket Kicker”). He’s on a good road, and he’s still moving. BEN RATLIFF

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