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Taborn, Craig / Vadim Neselovskyi: The Book Beri'ah Vol 11: Da'at (Tzadik)

Two pianists--Vadim Neselovskyi and Craig Taborn--take on the 11th volume of composer John Zorn's 3rd book of Masada compositions, The Book Beri'ah, in settings from solo piano, piano duos, and three pieces for piano, bass and drums, performed with bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Ronen Itzik; beautifully lyrical work merging contemporary compositional and improvisation forms.

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UPC: 702397511120

Label: Tzadik
Catalog ID: CD-TZA-5111
Squidco Product Code: 28243

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Sleeve Sealed
Tracks 1-10 recorded at Oktaven Studio, in Mount Vernon, New York, on June 25th, 2017, by Ryna Strueber.

Tracks 11-13 recorded at Second Story Sound, in New York City, New York, on December 10th 2017, by Jeff Cook.


Craig Taborn-piano

Vadim Neselovskyi-piano

Dan Loomis-bass

Ronen Itzik-drums

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"Craig Marvin Taborn (/ˈteɪˌbɔːrn/; born February 20, 1970) is an American pianist, organist, keyboardist and composer. He works solo and in bands, mostly playing various forms of jazz. He started playing piano and Moog synthesizer as an adolescent and was influenced at an early stage by a wide range of music, including by the freedom expressed in recordings of free jazz and contemporary classical music.

While at university, Taborn toured and recorded with jazz saxophonist James Carter. Taborn went on to play with numerous other musicians in electronic and acoustic settings, while also building a reputation as a solo pianist. He has a range of styles, and often adapts his playing to the nature of the instrument and the sounds that he can make it produce. His improvising, particularly for solo piano, often adopts a modular approach, in which he begins with small units of melody and rhythm and then develops them into larger forms and structures.

In 2011, Down Beat magazine chose Taborn as winner of the electric keyboard category, as well as rising star in both the piano and organ categories. By May 2016, Taborn had released six albums under his own name and appeared on more than eighty as a sideman."

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"Vadim Neselovskyi. Region: Brooklyn. MacDowell fellowships: Fall 2012, Summer 2015

Vadim Neselovskyi is a Ukrainian-born pianist and composer at work on his piano concerto to be premiered in October in Germany. Vadim has been working for Grammy-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton as a pianist and composer. He also serves as professor in jazz piano at the Berklee College of Music in Boston."

-Vadim Neselovskyi Website (

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"With more than a decade of performing experience since moving to New York City, Dan Loomis has emerged as a daring leader, a sought-after sideman, and a composer whose view of the world - and willingness to explore his own inner questioning - has led to the creation of innovative and moving works.

Loomis has appeared on nearly a dozen recordings with the Dan Loomis Quartet and with bands he co- leads, including the collectives The Wee Trio and SPOKE. The latter two bands have released critically acclaimed albums in recent years, including SPOKE's (R)anthems in 2014, and The Wee Trio's Wee 3 in 2017.

In addition to his work on the bass, he's no less skilled with a pen, having written several commissioned pieces, including a jazz oratorio based on the Book of Job and another based on the final days of Jesus, both commissioned by St. Peter's Church in New York. He recently formed an ensemble called REVOLUTIONS that uses its music to explore the Haitian and Bolivarian uprisings, and to comment on the world's continuing need for a revolution of spirit and action.

Loomis is also an in-demand sideman. He's a regular member of Vadim Neselovskyi's trio, which has played across Europe and at the Blue Note and Village Vanguard in NYC. A small sample of the no- table names with whom Loomis has performed includes TS Monk, Gary Burton, Wycliffe Gordon, Ernesto Cervini, Joel Frahm, Laurence Hobgood, and The Respect Sextet. He's played in all of New York's major clubs and at Jazz at Lincoln Center, in addition to appearing on stages across Europe, Canada, Australia, China and throughout the United States.

Last but not least, Loomis is a popular teacher and clinician, having spent more than a decade working with stu- dents across the United States, Canada and Australia."

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"Born in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1976, Ronen was fortunate to grow up in an environment that fostered his dreams of becoming a musician. He was raised in a music-loving family; both his parents and his older brother were music enthusiasts who enjoyed a large variety of music. Music was therefore a part of every day life, and Ronen's up-bringing gave him many opportunities to cultivate his love for the art form.

At the age of six, Ronen took keyboard lessons for a year. This served as a great introduction to instrumental music and, later, helped him realize his interest in playing music professionally. At age fourteen, Ronen joined a band as a drummer and began to take drum lessons. Ronen's tastes expanded into the jazz world as he advanced further into his teens, and he continued playing in different bands. His talents allowed him to perform in many diverse venues in Israel. From early on in his musical endeavors, Ronen collaborated with renowned Israeli musicians, as well as guest artists from around the world. His experiences gave him a true international sensibility.

Ronen's growing interest in music made him decide to pursue a career in music. In 1999, he joined Rimon School of Music, in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, where he began his path in higher education. Two years later he decided to relocate to the United States to further his education. He pursued his undergraduate degree at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, which he attended on a scholarship. In 2003, he graduated Suma Cum Laude and received his Bachelor of Music in Performance. Following graduation, he transitioned to Florida State University College of Music and obtained a Master of Music degree. As a scholarship recipient, Ronen gained college-teaching experience through a graduate teaching assistantship.

After navigating the academic world of music, Ronen moved to New York City in order to pursue a career as a performer and composer. In 2005, Ronen began recording and performing with numerous artists and groups, covering many different styles, and has fit seamlessly into every role he has taken.

He has since performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls and clubs in the world, such as The Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Blue Note (NYC), Smalls, Bimhuis (Amsterdam), A Train (Berlin), bFlat (Berlin), The JazzKeller (Frankfurt), Jazz at the Kitano, Iridium, Glenn Miller (Stockholm), Cornelia Street Café, Bar Next Door, The 55Bar, Fat Cat, and Joe's Pub. He has also performed in numerous festivals around the world, including Red Sea Jazz Festival (Israel), Tel Aviv Jazz Festival (Israel), Ear Shot Festival (Seattle), Barranquijazz (Colombia), Festival de Jazz Teatro Libre (Colombia), Pasto Jazz Festival (Colombia), Brno Jazz Festival (Czech Republic), Alfa Jazz Festival (Ukraine), Vancouver Jazz Festival (Canada), Comblain La Tour Jazz Festival (Belgium), Universi Jazz (Spain), Brooklyn jazz Underground Festival, Queens Jazz Over Ground Festival, Chicago Israeli Jazz Festival, Chutzpah Festival (Vancouver), and Ashkenaz Festival (Toronto).

He has been mentioned in publications, including NPR, The New York Times, JAZZIZ, Jazz Improv, WBGO, All About Jazz, New York City Jazz Record, and, as well as in the Israeli publications Maariv, Yediot, Haaretz and Jerusalem Post.

He has performed and recorded with such jazz greats as Lee Konitz, Gary Burton, Kenny Werner, Roy Hargrove, Joe Lovano, Marcus Roberts, Anat Cohen, Ben Monder, Hiromi Uehara, Arnie Lawrence, Alon Yavnai, Frank London, Wayne Escofferey, Billy Drewes, Johannes Weindermuller, Matt Penman, Francois Moutin, Tim Miller, Jon Cowherd, Marcus Printup, Vincent Gardner, Rich Perry, Harry Whitaker, Vardan Ovsepian, Longineu Parsons, Marcus Strickland, Eli Degibri, Ariel Zilber, and David Broza. His former teachers include Ian Froman, Jamey Hadad, Joe Hunt, John Hazilla, Marcus Roberts, Hal Crook, Yaaki Levi, and Eitan Itzkovich.

Ronen has appeared in albums from different labels, including Fresh Sound, Inner Circle, Jazz Family, Daywood Drive, Alessa Records, and Hatav Hashmini. Since his arrival in the U.S., Ronen has been an active member of numerous collaborations and bands, such as Morning Bound, Augmented Reality, Vadim Neselovskyi's Agricultural Dreams Trio, The Tammy Scheffer Sextet, Josh Deutsch's Pannonia, Juan Ospina Big Band, The Uri Gurvich Quartet, Josh Davis' Love Salad, Moon Salutation, The Shay Salhov Trio, The Noa Fort Trio, The Tamuz Nissim Group, The Kat Vokes Group, The Bill Peterson Trio, The Jacob Teichroew Quintet, James Hall's Thousand Rooms Quartet, The Assaf Kehati Trio, The Ori Dakari Quartet, and many more. He has established his reputation as one of the most sought-after drummers and in-demand recording artists in New York City."

-Ronen Itzik Website (

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track listing:

1. Penimi 5:21

2. Setumah 4:57

3. Bohu 3:05

4. Kayam 5:52

5. Penimi 9:33

6. Ketarim 6:08

7. Ge'ulah 4:14

8. Rachamin 4:46

9. Orot 3:45

10. Tikkun 3:26

11. Bohu 5:48

12. Kayam 9:27

13. Penimi 6:12
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"Craig Taborn and Vadim Neselovskyi are two of the most acclaimed and brilliant pianists working today and here they perform a select set of Masada compositions in solo, duo and trio permutations. Created as a bonus disk for the Book Beri'ah, it is a beautiful program and highlights the incredible versatility of the Masada compositions themselves as well as and the stunning virtuosity and imaginative creativity of these two keyboard masters. Featuring pieces for solo piano, two amazing piano duets and three pieces for piano, bass and drums, Da'at is a beautiful bonus CD to the Book Beriah series."-Tzadik

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Piano & Keyboards
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