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Gemini by Koby Hayon

Koby Hayon’s debut album, Gemini, features a wide-open style of playing that gives the trio plenty of room to fill space and experiment with the pushing and pulling of time to shape the musical space around them.

Featuring drummer Jerome Morris and veteran bassist Kermit Driscoll, Hayon's compositions blend traditional jazz guitar with Middle-Eastern song and pop. Born in Israel, Hayon works to incorporate the indigenous Middle-Eastern sound of his home throughout his compositions and improvisations. Before arriving in New York in 2001, Hayon studied at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Tel Aviv. Hayon went on to study with John Abercrombie and Todd Coolman at Purchase College outside of NYC. It is hard to pin down the overall vibe of this album. The guitar playing is very disjunct with solos seemingly put together with a number of rather unrelated ideas.

Hayon pieces together quick tonal scaler runs with jagged, slightly atonal arpeggios to create a constant sense of tension. This is, of course, not true throughout the album - on the title track Hayon cuts a refreshingly melodic solo that lends itself nicely to the rhythm section and also blends well with the melody of the tune. Just when you think there is a real spark of energy, the lights go out. Tracks to listen to: “Norwegian Wood” and “Gemini.”

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Koby Hayon
  • CD Title: Gemini
  • Genre: Folk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Rating: One Star
Aaron Craven

Born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Aaron graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's in music education with an emphasis in string bass performance and a minor in piano performance. While at IUP, Aaron studied double bass with Jeff Mangone. He then went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a master's degree in double bass / electric bass performance - studying under Harold (Rusty) Holloway. Prior to moving to Winston-Salem, North Carolina Aaron was assistant principal bass of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and has performed with the Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, Tennessee, and the Knoxville Opera. Currently Mr. Craven is a contract player (Double Bass) with the Western Piedmont Symphony and is a freelance bass player throughout the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina.

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