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Balance by Yotam Rosenbaum

Yotam Rosenbaum, award winning composer, arranger, bandleader and drummer has produced a fine album, a mix of different styles and influences in a manner that is a pleasure to listen to. Rosenbaum’s second album Balance is a well-balanced jaunt into the jazz idiom with classical overtones, European folk musical underpinnings, a little Latin flavour and a lot of good music. The musicians are given plenty of freedom, allowing the music to breathe; a very fresh and energetic sound is produced within a cohesive ensemble.

The first track on the recording is entitled "Depression" it is anything but depressing, there are moments where the song is melancholy, however the pianist, Vadim Neselovskyi, opening the song with an enchanting melody plays with such beauty that you can’t help but smile. The song has wonderful texture, with musical embellishments added as the song progresses. A pizzicato violin enters - accentuating the melody with exacting precision, bass violin enters to carry the rhythm, the drummer adds a delicate brushed cymbal and snare. As the vibraphone glides into the melody, the song is elevated into another realm. The musicians cannot help but swing, a joyful rhythmic phrasing of a delightful arrangement builds in dynamic to smoothly return to the beginning and repeat the enchanting opening melody.

The album gains momentum from this point on, with a Tango in an odd time signature, "Bicycle Tango" followed by an up-tempo tune that features a great violin break from Mads Tolling. There are songs that feature solid piano playing from Vadim Neselovskyi, solid bass playing from Mike Oien, an excellent vibraphonist in Dave Samuels and a tasteful and skillful drummer in Yotam Rosenbaum.

One of the highlight tunes of the recording is "Mink" with Monk like piano playing; the liner notes indicate the title is a wordplay of Monk and Mingus. If Mingus played violin he would have played like this fantastic violinist - Mads Tolling. The tune swings, the band grooves, a well-written tune with lots of hooks, well done.

The final song is a tribute to teachers and is dedicated to Dave Samuels, the song "Namaste" provides a lesson in every verse. All of the songs are composed and arranged by Yotam Rosenbaum, whom is also credited with producing the album, a wonderful effort in all disciplines is classically displayed.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Yotam Rosenbaum
  • CD Title: Balance
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Personal Note Records
  • Tracks: Depression, Bicycle Tango, After All, As Of Now, In Between, Sunday, Mink, Namaste
  • Musicians: Dave Samuels (vibes), Mads Tolling (violin), Vadim Neselovskyi (piano), Mike Oien (bass), Yotam Rosenbaum (drums)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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