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CD REVIEW: Assaf Kehati Quartet - Flowers & Other Stories

By: Louisely D'amore (UK)







Artist: Assaf Kehati Quartet
Album: Flowers and Other Stories
Label: AKJazz
Website: http://www.assafkehati.com

Genre: Modern Jazz
Sounds Like: Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Calling Me Home, Mr Mario, Tali
Strengths: Great band, Songwriting

Weakness: Occasionally woolly guitar sound




Assaf Kehati is from Israel where he started his music career at the knee of his pianist grandmother and then progressed to Israel’s Rimon School of Jazz before moving to Boston and attending the New England Conservatory of Music in 2007.  In 2010 Assaf released his first album A View From My Window with Flowers And Other Stories being only his second, of what I’m sure will be many releases.  This album has 7 tracks lasting around 50 minutes in total.


The album starts off with “Calling Me Home” which builds steadily with the lovely haunting sax sound of Alon Farber.  There’s some nice call and answer work between guitar and sax but I particularly liked the sound they had when playing sections together.  Track 2 “Mr Mario” was probably my favourite because it has a much funkier feel to it with some great drumming from Udi Shlomo and lovely bass work from Daniel Sapir.

The guitar sound has a lovely rich tone but sometimes stepped over into sounding slightly woolly and old-fashioned, however this didn’t stop me from enjoying the music and I was entertained the whole time.


Overall I really enjoyed all the tracks and the standard of the songwriting and the playing of the whole band can’t be doubted – I just want to see them live at the Blue Note NYC now!


Louisely D'amore (UK)

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