"New directions" is the product of a long creative process starting back in 2009 following the release of our last album "Optimistic View" (on Fresh Sound).
We named the album by that name because of the fact that in our search for musical materials we tried having each tune to be based on a different rhythmic, harmonic or melodic structure. "New Directions Suite" represents this best exhibiting rhythmically independent parts linked by harmony and theme. The melody and harmony were based (on most of the suite) on a unique 9 note scale in a three tonic system.
Our main influences were the wonderful writing of great artists such as Booker Little (from the early 60's), Art Blakey ("Jazz Messengers") as well as contemporary artists like Dave Douglas and Brad Mehldau.
One of the main challenges was the musical adaptation to the unique three horn section of soprano sax, alto sax and trombone featured in this album. The harmony is in many places a result of linear writing and not necessarily by clear traditional chords symbols. In terms of textures we tried throughout the album to be creative and interesting.
Finally, we hope that "New Directions" will succeed in taking listeners on our journey through uncharted waters.
released September 20, 2016
Alon Farber - Soprano Sax
Hagai Amir - Alto Sax
Oded Meir - Trombone
Gadi Lehavi - Piano (tracks 1,7,8)
Tomer Bar - Piano (tracks 2-5,6,9)
Assaf Hakimi - Contrabass
Dani Benedikt - Drums