Kontorovich, Alex

Chamsa Records, 2007CD
Instrument: Saxophone

Issue: 14.1

Jazz Ruler Type: Swing
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
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O’s Notes: Alex plays sax and clarinet and is in the center of a Jewish jazz revival. His approach is fresh, keeping essential elements of klezmer tradition but unleashing some serious elements of swing as well. Kontorovich is well respected in the traditional klezmer community and has performed with many of the best there. He is also an astute student of bebop greats as we can hear on “Kandels Burning” which is true to its title. His cohorts are Reuben Radding (b), Aaron Alexander (d) and Brandon Seabrook (banjo). Call it cooking klezmer or modern jazz with a taste of klezmer. Whichever way you go, this music swings along the lines of today’s jazz vibe. Nice work.


Publicist: Braithwaite & Katz