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Lost Brother by Assif Tsahar Cooper-Moore Hamid Drake

Tenor saxophonist and bass clarinetist Assif Tsahar captured my ears as soon as I played the first track of his latest album "Lost Brother," recorded with Cooper-Moore and Hamid Drake. "Breaking the Water" and "Departure" are touching masterpieces of art. Assif Tsahar, Cooper-Moore and Hamid Drake manifest themselves in musical forms of revelation including the blues ("Departure") and going further until the free waters ("Seeking the Punto Fijo").

"Goin’ Home" builds from clear themes making the improvised aspect of the piece particularly important. Tsahar's character and intensity is applied to his own abstract interpretations. "Dupong the Sea Cow" reveals once again the talent of Tsahar on the bass clarinet.

Additionally, Assif Tsahar is a gifted man who knows about philosophy, a musician with a giving heart in which exchange helps him to build music from his roots and from what he has gained with his extraordinary adaptation power. Tsahar has also shared the stage with artists like William Parker, Susie Ibarra, Rob Brown, Oscar Noriega, Steve Swell, Craig Taborn, Herb Robertson, Mat Maneri and Cecil Taylor.

His fellow cats members play an enormous role. Cooper-Moore injects a magnificent voice mixed with African rhythms impressing us with a total mastery of self made instruments. Hamid Drake perfectly collides melody, harmony, and sounds. "Lost Brother" has fresh moments with the drums whispering powerful emotions and versatility providing color and pulse.

Cooper-Moore is an icon artist living in New York. Born in Virginia, he was already playing as a professional at 13 years old. Multi-faceted, he has performed with David S. Ware, William Parker, Bill Cole, Butch Morris.... His life is a total dedication for the American art of jazz. In this CD Cooper-Moore is as innovative as ever revealing with a musical multi-disciplinary skill and showmanship.

Jazz drummer and percussionist Hamid Drake is a star in improvised music. He has shared the stage with Don Cherry, William Parker, Fred Anderson, Peter Brötzmann, Ken Vandermark, Frank Gratkowski.

Listen to Drake. He is an expert in switching from African sounds to totally improvised situations. The way he plays the drums and the twanger are unforgettable as are his music dialogs with Cooper-Moore and Tsahar.

"Lost Brother" is a gorgeous work; rich and enjoyable because of the talented musicians that are involved into it, the high creativity and in the way these three musicians explore free jazz - in that poetic spirit which obviously goes alongside the very air they breath.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Assif Tsahar Cooper-Moore Hamid Drake
  • CD Title: Lost Brother
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Hopscotch Records
  • Tracks: Breaking the Water, A Falling Leaf, Departure, Dugong the Sea Cow, Seeking the Punto Fijo, Confessions, The Coming of the Ship, The Shepherd, Goin’ Home

  • Musicians: Assif Tsahar (tenor sax, bass clarinet), Cooper-Moore(ashimba, twanger, diddley-bow), Hamid Drake (drum set, tablas, frame drum)

  • Rating: Five Stars
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