“Mr. Avital and his group are producing some of the most original music being heard in New York” ; “Extraordinary.”
- The New York Times
“A sustained burst of what’s happening at the cutting edge”
- The Independent Eye
” Just excellent, creative jazz… wonderful”
- The Tracking Angle
Hailed by Downbeat as “one of the leading composers of his generation“ and “a pioneer in combining jazz with myriad world music elements,” (LA TIMES), acclaimed jazz bassist and composer/arranger OMER AVITAL has loaned his highly spirited and soulful sound to the jazz, classical and world music scenes for well over two decades.
The Omer Avital quintet is both an all-star group compiled of some of the leading jazz musicians on the world jazz scene, all of which are great composers, band leaders and in demand side man, and at the same time, this is a group of friends who have been playing together in many different contexts for the past 15 years. Their almost telepathic sense of communication and sincere joyfulness makes their concerts a real uplifting experience.
The classic configuration of a jazz quintet on one hand, and the modern/ Global approach of leader/composer Omer Avital, who brings in to the mix his Arabic, North-African, Israeli and classical European musical influences on the other, is what separates this group and makes it a unique group with an instantly recognizable musical voice.