Rezension in englischer Sprache verfügbarNew York City-based saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Oded "Deddy" Tzur's warm, yearning, resonant tone explores fundamental connections between different musical traditions including modal jazz, Indian classical, and other microtonal music heritages. His compositions reflect a narrative sensibility inﬂuenced by various storytelling cultures as they explore hidden and visible relationships between ancient and modern musical traditions. Tzur developed "The Middle Path," a saxophone technique that extends the instrument's microtonal capacity. His first two leader albums, 2015's Like a Great River and Translator's Note, were issued through Enja Records' Yellowbird imprint in 2015 and 2017, respectively. They earned his music the descriptor "a new type of Swing," and garnered widespread critical acclaim. Further, he has composed, conducted, and produced music for films, television shows like The Big Bang Theory, video games, concert halls, and new media. He has conducted and composed for musicians from the Prague Philharmonic and the Beijing, Jerusalem, and Seattle Symphony orchestras. Tzur was born in the Netherlands in 1985 and raised in Israel. Music was part of his formal education from the beginning. In addition to studying classical harmony, rhythm, and composition, he added jazz harmony, improvisation, and arrangement. He was a protégé of the classical saxophone master Professor Gersh Geller. Tzur underwent rigorous musical training in various styles. His curiosity for improvised music led him to discover the ancient art of Indian classical music, and it became a focal point in his work. In order to engage the pursuit of playing Indian music -- which is heavily based on microtonality -- on a western instrument such as the saxophone, Tzur embarked on a decade-long research project and invented a new saxophone technique: "A Middle Path", as it was later named. His technique enabled the saxophone to slide between notes and highlight specific microtones. Admitted in 2007 to the Indian music program at the Rotterdam World Music Academy, Tzur continued delving into Hindustani classical music phrasing, rhythm, and tones under the tutelage of Bansuri flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. He was the first saxophonist to do so, and Chaurasia had a profound influence on his work. Their process consisted of countless sessions in which Chaurasia would play a melody on the Bansuri, and Tzur would translate it onto the saxophone. Following the flutist's intricate style refined Tzur's technique; his playing began to attract attention from the international saxophone-playing community. He demarcated a sonic terrain so distinct from traditional saxophone playing that Chaurasia described it as, "If a curtain were to be drawn in front of him, no one could tell which instrument was being played." In 2011, Tzur moved to New York City and established the Oded Tzur Quartet with bassist Petros Klampanis, drummer Ziv Ravitz, and pianist Shai Maestro. The group's formation marked a large shift in the scope of Tzur's compositions: He began sliding not only between the notes of the saxophone, but also between the melodic universes of Indian classical music and jazz, both of which he embraced and bridged. The quartet began to play not only in New York, but also in Israel, Russia, and China. Seasoned by bandstand, touring, and soundtrack work, the quartet was signed to Enja's Yellowbird and issued their debut offering, Like a Great River, in 2015. Radio France referred to the album as "a discovery" when it featured the set on the open and close of its jazz program. Magazines and journals celebrated its melodic, spiritual, beauty and announced Tzur's entrance to the international jazz scene as a musical storyteller. Touring the globe, the Ozed Tzur Quartet gained a mass following in Israel, China, France, and Russia. In 2017, they delivered their follow-up, Translator's Note. This set was a striking hybrid of American jazz, Middle-and-Far-Eastern modalities, Indian rhythmic and harmonic concepts, and Tzur's incorporation of microtones. Japan's influential CD Journal was so impressed by the maturity of the group, they described them as "The Coltrane Quartet of the 21st Century." The group hit the road to perform material from both albums. They played shows in Russia, Brazil, Israel, Germany, Japan, France, Belgium, England, Italy, and the Netherlands. During this time, Tzur introduced a new version of his quartet with Klampanis that also included pianist Nitai Hershkovits and drummer Johnathan Blake. Tzur also signed with ECM. During a tour break in June 2019, this group entered the famed Auditorio Stelio Molo in Lugano, Switzerland with producer Manfred Eicher and recording engineer Stefano Amerio. Tzur took them back out on tour immediately after completing the sessions. They ended their long road sojourn in late November and began rehearsing almost immediately for more international touring in early 2020. ECM released Here Be Dragons in February 2020. ~ Thom Jurek
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Die israelische Jazzszene birgt so manche Schätze in sich und Oded Tzur ist einer davon. Der, wie viele seiner Landsleute, in New York lebende Musiker besitzt bereits seinen ganz eigenen, unverkennlichen Klang. Sein Album Translator’s Note ist eine Ode an die Verschmelzung der Kulturen, aber auch an die Grundlagen der für den Jazz so typischen Improvisation. Zusammen mit dem Pianisten Shai Maestro, dem Kontrabassisten Petros Klampanis und dem Schlagzeuger Ziv Ravitz zeichnet er auf diesem Album die Konturen seines ganz eigenen Verständnisses des Jazz, in dessen Mittelpunkt das melodische Muster steht. Am Beeindruckendsten ist dabei aber sein geschmeidiges, vor sich hinfließendes Spiel. Man merkt schnell, dass seine Inspirationsquellen nicht nur die ganz Großen des Jazz sind, sondern sein Horizont weit darüber hinausgeht. So nimmt Tzur 2007 zum Beispiel an den Kursen der Rotterdam World Music Academy für indische Musik teil und sein Lehrer ist kein geringerer als Hariprasad Chaurasia, Meister der Bansuri-Flöte. Seine eleganten Phrasierungen und die spirituelle Tiefe in seinem Spiel inspirieren und beeindrucken Oded Tzur zutiefst. Und um uns trotzdem daran zu erinnern, dass es sich hierbei immer noch und vor allem um Jazz handelt, endet die Platte mit einer schwerelos scheinenden Version von John Coltranes Lonnie’s Lament…So wird man in diesem modernen, einzigartigen Jazzalbum Translator’s Note Zeuge von den unterschiedlichsten Begegnungen, Welten und Horizonten. © MD/Qobuz
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