Wed Feb. 7, 2024

Nitai Hershkovits 'Call on the old Wise' (ISR)

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With his ECM debut, Nitai Hershkovits delivers an entrancing solo album.
In this largely improvised solo rendering, the pianist draws from broad influences, ranging from his extensive work in jazz contexts and cutting-edge contemporary explorations to his background in classical music.
This immaculate balance of idioms gives rise to an abundance of colors and timbres, explored by a pianist who has successfully forged his very own voice as an improviser and shape-designer. With a soft touch, light action and washing harmonies, Nitai’s improvisations unfold like compositions being created in real-time, making Call on the Old Wise a testimony to the pianist’s unique inventiveness as well as an essential addition to ECM’s celebrated line of solo piano recordings. The album, recorded in Lugano in 2022 and produced by Manfred Eicher, follows after his contributions in Oded Tzur’s quartet on the acclaimed recordings Here Be Dragons (2020) and Isabela (2022).