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New album from Ari Hoenig, one of the most talented drummers on the current NYC scene, his dynamic playing perfectly at ease in swing as it is in more complex types of rhythms. His current group, Ari Hoenig and Punk Bop, tours worldwide and has performed regularly at legendary New York jazz club Smalls. He’s also co-leader of Hoenig Pilc Project, together with long time musical partner, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc. Other artists Hoenig has performed or recorded with as a sideman include Herbie Hancock, Shirley Scott, Gerry Mulligan, , Dave Liebman, Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny and Pat Martino amongst others. Hoenig’s superb new quartet album, ‘Lines of Oppression’, features Gilad Hekeselman on guitar, Orlando Le Fleming and Chris Tordini alternating on double-bass, and dynamic pianist Tigran Hamasyan, recently in the UK with Dhafer Youssef. Personnel: Ari Hoenig (drums, vocals), Tigran Hamasyan (piano, vocals, beat box), Gilad Hekselman (guitar, vocals), Orlando Le Fleming (bass), Chris Tordini (bass, vocals)

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Another Great Release By Ari Hoenig 24 Jun 2011
By Jonathan Guarriello - Published on
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Here we have the newest studio recording by NYC based drummer Ari Hoenig Lines of Oppression. On this latest outing Hoenig appears with his regular working band which features Tigran Hamasyan on piano & beat box vocals. Gilad Hekselman on guitar & Orlando LeFlemming on acoustic bass. These guys are the young jazz guns on the scene & they have a beautiful chemistry as a band no doubt stemming from their on going monday night gig at Smalls in NYC, which if you want to hear recorded proof of the Smalls gig check out the last release by Ari Live at Smalls which features Ari & Tigran along side guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg, bassist Danton Boller & alto man Will Vinson.

The music on Lines Of Oppression is in my opinion hard to classify because of its wide stylistic influence everything from the hard bop of Bobby Timmons classic Moanin to the progressive modern jazz/classical vibe of the Hoenig original title track Lines Of Oppression. It starts as a fairly straight up waltz with piano & guitar stating the theme in harmony with close dense harmonic clusters before the piece changes gears several times during solos, clocking in at close to 12 minutes it's a long wild listening experience. Gilad Hekselman blows with a rock like energy on this one.

The next tune Arrows & Loops would have been totally at home appearing on Avishai Cohen's 2008 trio albumGently Disturbed starting off with a jerky sort of start & stop unison theme that breaks into a high octane climax with Ari's awesome drumming being of special note the way he's able to play very busy but structures it so nicely that it's completely a part of the composition. The band takes the dynamic down before an awesome solo cadenza by pianist Tigran Hamasyan who in my opinion really steals the show on this album, his playing can be funky as hell or poised & elegant like a concert pianist in other words he's got the goods! The third tune titled Wedding Song is the first ballad tempo piece on the album. It's a pretty waltz time piece with some nice solo statements by LeFlemming on upright & Tigran employes the fender rhodes along with acoustic piano, the theme has a sing song vibe you'll find yourself humming along with.

Track 3 "Rhythm" is just that! This is Tigran's vocal beat box feature that is really cool & original, it features Tigran beat boxing a call while Ari plays a response back on his drum set, very neat! They segue way the beat boxing into a up tempo burning version of Monk's classic composition "Rhythm-A-Ning" which features nice solos by all the players, it's a short & sweet approach on this one as the band keeps it under four minutes.

This brings us to the classic Bobby Timmons tune "Moanin" made famous by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messangers. The awesome thing about this version is the drummers tom toms play the familiar melody! as crazy as it sounds Ari pulls it off just like his previous take on Round Midnight & Summertime from his two previous solo albums Bert's Playground & The Painter that also featured the tuned tom tom melody playing approach. It may sound like some sort of gimmick or novelty but it's not treated as such by the band & they turn in a swinging highly enjoyable version with Tigran channeling the spirit of Bobby Timmons through his piano ivories during his solo. The band offers their original arrangement of the songbook standard "How High The Moon" which doesn't much resemble the original but what Ari & co do makes for a interesting listening experience.

Well I'm going to stop there with the track by track review but the remaining four tunes are also very enjoyable, the band covers How High The Moon for their last standard and the other three tunes are original compositions that take the listener out on a high note. Ari & company have crafted an enjoyable listening experience for all fans of modern & classic jazz, definitely not a smooth jazz back round drinking cocktails album. This music demands your undivided attention so check it out now!
Lines of Oppression not so oppressive vibrant and spontaneous 17 Oct 2012
By David Pena - Published on
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To be an avid listener of jazz, theres certain types of jazz that either grab your ear or dont, the same applies to certain styles that musicians have, Ari Hoenigs released another fine jazz album filled with creativity and spontanenity that keeps it fresh most every time you hear it-thats a gift, and just as with his other albums, The Painter, Inversations, Berts Playground, his shared effort with Jean Michel Pilc, and Francois Moutin on the album Threedom, this new release expands the boundaries of modern jazz seems hes on quite a roll
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