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Itamar Borochov

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  • Itamar Borochov
Booking-territory: Germany, Austria, Schwitzerland

After the excellent “Boomerang” album released in 2016, critically acclaimed in France and around the world, Itamar Borochov exhibits what he can do best once more: putting forward his talents as an experienced melodist and a musician inhabited by a dominant spirit.

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For “Blue Nights”:

His melodies are direct and often plangent, his harmonies and rhythms sturdy and repetitious. His latest album, “Blue Nights,” draws together influences from the Middle East and North Africa with jazz-academy thinking. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times

“Trumpeter Itamar Borochov has spent years exploring creative convergences of jazz and music connected to his upbringing in the multicultural Israeli city of Jaffa. Within those contexts, he’s become adept at using quarter tones and other elements of Sephardic spiritual music, along with the North African and Bukharian sounds he heard growing up, in verious jazz constructs. Those influences, along with echoes of the Arabic and African-laced world grooves Borochov worked with in Ravid Kahalnai’s Yemen Blues outfit, all filter through the trumpeter’s stunning third album as a leader.” Jennifer Odell, Downbeat

“Blue Nights draws from an array of elements including bebop, rock, pop, Arabic maquam scales, the Gnawa patterns of North Africa’s Hausa people, and sounds that Borochov encountered in a local Yemenite-Jewish synagogue in his native Jaffa, Israel. What is surprising is the way the band manages to introduce changes without disturbing the silken flow of the music.” Saby Reyes-Kulkarni, BandCamp Daily

“I was dazzled by the trumpet sound, incredibly full, fleshy, this way of playing on the air that gives all the features of an astonishing fluidity, even in the high register. What comes out of his trumpet is never struck, you never feel the effort: It’s velvet.”  JF Mondot, Jazz Magazine.
“A fascinating, multi faceted album. There’s a profound air of spirituality about the music, which is played by the Borochov quartet with an understated virtuosity and a simmering, low key intensity.” Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann.
“An Absolute love at first sight.. Fascinating!” Philippe Guihéneuf, Culture Etc.
“Itamar Borochov once again exposes what he knows best: invoking his talents as an assertive melodist and a musician inhabited by a superior mind.” Alex Dutilh, France Musique
“The album is simply divine, in the spiritual sense. It touches all our senses with its lyricism, leaving the listeners with a lasting impression. 5 Stars” Nathalie Freson, UK Vibe.
“an introspective album with mixed scents of the shores of the Mediterranean. Like velvet.” Jean-Pierre Goffin, Jazz Around Magazine.
“Trumpeter Itamar Borochov produces a feast of musical exploration on this, his third album, combining influences from across the Middle East and North Africa with a jazz quartet line-up. The result is rich, detailed and engrossing music with an individual sound. I was struck” Mark McKergow, London Jazz News.
“Itamar Borochov is a master jazz innovator.” JazzHalo
“An air of hushed reverence had fallen over the audience as the sense of spirituality that informs all of Borochov’s music was at its most palpable. With the tension now released the audience clapped loudly and cheered for more…” Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann.
“A tortuous music, very rich, and rhythmic tense. It’s an almost mystical universe.” Philippe Desmond, Action Jazz.

 

For “Boomerang”:

“A rising star in todayʼs jazz music world.” The Jerusalem Post

“Borochov’s expressive horn delivers an outpouring of emotions throughout this album, creating intense mood music that sings, sighs, and cries,[and] delivers rhythmically rich and melodically focused music. Some pieces speak of sadness and sympathy, while others excite, but all of the music is transmitted with sincerity.” All About Jazz

“Borochov speaks the language of a true jazz artist striving for the vital union of emotion and technique.” The Tower Magazine

“We come across a cat that can embrace the tradition without using it as a crutch and beating it to death. This trumpeter approaches things from a different angle. Compelling, interesting stuff that resides firmly in its own time zone, this is grandly innovative stuff that isn’t envelope pushing just for the sake of it. This is a young lion you better pay attention to.” The Midwest Record

“Through taking a vocal-like approach to the trumpet’s arrangements, Itamar is able to make a sub-three minute track resound loudly in listener’s ears long after it closes up shop. With hints of modern jazz coupled with modern and ambient elements, Borochov is able to make something contemporary while tremendously reverent of the styles that preceded him.” neufutur.com

“For his undeniably timeless and masterful contributions in Jazz music, Itamar Borochov stands out as a memorable force who operates at much higher level than most of us music-lovers are used to. […] This release with leave you in magnificent awe; captivated by the demonstrated artistic prowess, and marveling at the sheer thoughtfulness, grace, and emotion reproduced within these compositions. […] This release is a MUST LISTEN!” Screaming Match Productions

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“Blue Nights”

Born into a musical family, raised in the mixed Jewish-Christian- Muslim city of Jaffa, Itamar Borochov has always been faithful to this multiplicity of influences: Edith Piaf, Weather Report, Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan or Prince have laid the foundations of a beneficial openness to music. His initiation was completed only when he entered the neighborhood Sephardi synagogue: there, Borochov absorbed sacred music based on Arabic scales and nourished of century-old Jewish traditions. His immersion in the New York jazz heritage in the early years of our century will eventually convince him: “I have to be real. If Coltrane was informed by his father being a preacher, I had to do the same thing. Lee Morgan brought gospel and I’m bringing Sephardi synagogue music.” After the excellent “Boomerang” album released in 2016, critically acclaimed in France and around the world, Itamar Borochov  exhibits what he can do best once again: putting forward his talents as an experienced melodist and a musician inhabited by a dominant spirit.

Though his hardbop past may come out at times in the structure of his compositions, this new journey proposed by Itamar Borochov (trumpet), his brother Avri (contrabass), Rob Clearfield (piano) and Jay Sawyer (drums) transports us into a space so deep and so dense that we find ourselves sucked up by all these calls from the tradition and the very modern music. As a deep believer, Borochov also throws his authenticity into his search for “the Divine”, even in the music he offers. He catches glimpses of it in various settings, both sacred and profane. So what is Itamar Borochov’s story? According to him, “there’s Divinity in the world. And it’s something to aspire to – perfection is a reflection of Divinity. That’s the role of virtuosity, really. Standing in the middle of a dirty street and aspiring to greatness. Because wherever there’s greatness, from Bird to Miles to Coltrane, your experience is more intense, it can be overwhelming, you sense life on a deeper level.

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