Arnan Raz - Second To The Left (2016)


Arnan Raz - Second To The Left (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 74:43 min | 172 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Arnan Raz

Influenced by the legacy of giants like Lester Young, Stan Getz and Warne Marsh, as well as the innovations of Mark Turner, Arnan Raz and his quintet create a refreshing fusion of the traditional and modern jazz. While clearly introducing/implementing elements of American and Israeli folk music, this band, in it's classic instrumentation of tenor sax, alto sax, piano, bass and drums, definitely has a 'New York' sound.

With solos that successfully match the compositions in their extremely melodic and intuitive nature, the quintet delivers an energetic yet elegant performance, projecting both unity and harmony.

Arnan Raz was born in Kibbutz Merchavia, a small village in the north of Israel to a musical family- his grandfather was a music teacher and a painter, his uncle a famous conductor and his mom and his brother both are professional guitar players. However, until the age of 13 Arnan’s passion was soccer. Suddenly, out of nowhere and without much reason, Arnan decided that he want to play the saxophone.

Right from the beginning, he would go to practice every day with his grandfather: “I knew that I played well when after I finished, I would see tears in his eyes. This image is still a constant reminder for me to what music is about”.

Pretty fast Arnan became noticeable as a serious and dedicated saxophone player at the area where he grew up and started to perform with local bands. His teacher at the time was Albert Beger- a known free jazz artist in Israel and Europe.

At the age of 18, Arnan got accepted to the prestigious IDF orchestra. At the army-training base he met all of his current band mates- Eyal Hai, Daniel Meron, Dani Danor and Nadav Lachish. During the army service Arnan started 6 to build his name in the Tel-Aviv scene and perform constantly as a bandleader as well as a sideman.

While his friends from the IDF orchestra decided to go and Study at Berklee college of music in Boston, Arnan Decided to Stay in Israel and go study at the Jerusalem Academy Of Music and Dance. While Studying with Boris Gammer, Arnan really made a name for himself as a promising Young Saxophonist in the Israeli Jazz scene. He performed at all the main venues and festivals with local and international bands and musicians.

After graduating, Arnan felt that it’s the right time to move to New York in the pursuing of a jazz career: “I felt ready emotionally to move to new york after working so hard on my craft”.

In New York he reunited with his old musicians friends from the IDF orchestra that at the same time also moved to NY after graduating from school. He decided to form his quintet and since then, the quintet was and still playing constantly mostly in NY. Beside his Quintet, Arnan is a member in more projects such as The Side Project- a Saxophone Quartet, Bellatonic and more. Arnan is constantly performing with different musicians and bands in NYC.

“I want to focus on sound. I believe that the saxophone sound has a lot of power in reaching people’s heart. Now Days, in our materialistic world, it’s so hard to communicate that I feel even more obligated to play music and to try to communicate with audience on a “real level”

I hope to reach as much audience as I can and to try and do good through music.

Love, Arnan

Tracklist:

1. The Main Lawn, Pt. 3
2. I Can See for Miles
3. Zahira
4. This Kid Is Me
5. The Main Lawn, Pt. 2
6. Mykonos
7. It's Easy to Remember (And so Hard to Forget)
8. What Has Been Will Be Again
9. The White City
10. Solo Le Pido a Dios
11. The Main Lawn, Pt. 1

Personnel:

Arnan Raz - Tenor Saxophone
Eyal Hai - Alto Saxophone
Daniel Meron - Piano
Nadav Lachish - Bass
Dani Danor - Drums