Razdaz Recordz
Razdaz Recordz
Evolution - Amos Hoffman

Evolution

Artist: Amos Hoffman

Catalogue Number: RD 4606

Release Date: 5th March 2008

Tracks

01. Enaiym
02. Explora
04. Hasma
05. Takasim Bayati
06. I Met You
07. The Wheel
08. The Journey
09. Miss T
10. Takasim Nahawand
11. Sweet Eden

Album Information

Guitar and oud player Amos Hoffman, who has been performing and recording as a member of Avishai Cohen’s band for more than two decades, will release Evolution, his debut CD on Cohen’s Razdaz Recordz, on March 25 2008.

Since relocating to his native Israel in 1999 after years on the New York jazz scene, Hoffman has spent the time since the release of his last CD (2006’s Na’ama, on the Israeli label Magada) further pursuing his passion for combining jazz with Middle Eastern music. The result of this multi-cultural fusion is Evolution, a ten track exploration of melodies and rhythms that incorporates compositional and improvisational elements common to both musical genres. “I tried to achieve a unique sound that combined some African rhythmic influence played by percussion and contrabass, with Middle Eastern melodies played by the oud and flute,” explains Hoffman. “The most important thing for me was that the positive vibe and round, warm groove would continue throughout the record.”

Hoffman is joined on Evolution by his long-time friend and musical associate Avishai Cohen, who performs on contrabass and piano and contributes vocals. “Amos to me is a great example of a free spirit, with a strong artistic direction,” says Cohen. “I’m a fan.” Rounding out the CD’s line up are two of Israel’s most prominent musicians - ethnic percussionist Ilan Katchka and flautist Ilan Salem.

Hoffman first learned to play guitar at the age of 6, and took up the oud a few years later. After attending the prestigious Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, his search for new musical experiences led him first to Amsterdam, and then to New York City, where he performed and recorded with both legendary jazz musicians such as Denis Charles, Evelyn Blakey, and Jumma Santos, as well as with emerging jazz artists such as Jason Linder, Omer Avital, Sam Newsome, Jay Collins, Jorge Rossy, Duane Eubanks, and Avishai Cohen. He also began a more formal study of Middle Eastern music with Lebanese oud and ney player, Bassam Saba.

Hoffman can be heard on numerous recordings, including Ben Wolfe’s 13 Sketches (1997,) Jay Collins’ Cross Culture (1999,) and Sam Newsome’s Sam Newsome and Global Unity (1999.) He has worked with bassist/composer Avishai Cohen for several years, playing both guitar and oud on Cohen’s Continuo (2006,), Colors (2000,) Devotion (1999,) and Adama (1998.)

Evolution is Hoffman’s third solo release, following The Dreamer, released in 1998 on the Spanish label Fresh Sound/New Talent, and Na’ama, which he released in 2006 on the Israeli label Magada.

Amos Hoffman review
Evolution
Razdaz Recordz 2008


The Israeli Amos Hoffman is one of those talented discoveries who appears as a consequence of working with bass player Avishai Cohen musical projects, since 1999.
Hoffman is a jazz guitar player and *Oudist making his own mark. The result of this multicultural fusion is “Evolution”. Ssc4606. A combination of ten sounding melodies and rhythms with elements of composition and improvisation common to both musical genders: “My intention was to create a unique sound combining some blocks of African Rhythms, through percussion and Acoustic Bass, with melodies from The Middle East through the Oud and the Flute” Hoffman explains.
“Amos is, to me, a great example of free spirit with a strong creative character. I am his fan!” - says Avishai Cohen.
Before Amos came back to Israel in 1999, he spent years in New York playing jazz with new and veteran musicians. During that time, Hoffman could go into The Middle Eastern Music in a deeper way, being in that particular time when he composed and wrote the lyrics for “Evolution”.
With Avishai Cohen on the Bass, Piano and Voice; Ilan Salem on Flute and Katchka Ilan on percussion, “Evolution” is probably the kind of album where jazz and Middle East Music gives a more creative and inventive welcome to people trying to find newer sounds and ways of understanding the music.
*Oud - a stringed instrument of southwestern Asia and North Africa that resembles a lute or a mandolin.





Allmusic.com
Review by Chris Nickson

Hoffman’s third solo release finds him playing much more oud than guitar, and a joy it is to hear him. The rich, sophisticated compositions are performed by a spare group (he’s backed by percussion, flute and bass/piano/vocals) that affords his playing plenty of room, and mixes his love of Middle Eastern music and jazz on these compositions. “Enayim,” the opener, is a perfect case in point, with lovely, twining lines from bass and oud that extend like vines. It could be from nowhere other than the Eastern Mediterranean, yet with the lightness and openness of jazz — the bass has as much freedom as the oud. Hoffman is an excellent composer, one who trusts his musicians and gives them their heads, and it pays off. There’s plenty of melody, even though this is a group that works closer to the cutting edge than the mainstream. They can make a song like “I Met You” feel like a shaft of light on a cloudy day, and on the instances when Hoffman does move to guitar, the effect is to instantly Westernize the music — which, used in moderation, brings an inverse taste of the exotic to this disc. It’s good, very good indeed, possibly one of the most successful music fusions recorded.




New CD from Guitarist and Oudist Blends Jazz and Middle Eastern Influences


Guitar and oud player Amos Hoffman, who has been performing and recording as a member of Avishai Cohen’s band for more than two decades, will release Evolution, his debut CD on Cohen’s Razdaz Recordz, on March 25.

Since relocating to his native Israel in 1999 after years on the New York jazz scene, Hoffman has spent the time since the release of his last CD (2006’s Na’ama, on the Israeli label Magada) further pursuing his passion for combining jazz with Middle Eastern music. The result of this multi-cultural fusion is Evolution, a ten track exploration of melodies and rhythms that incorporates compositional and improvisational elements common to both musical genres. “I tried to achieve a unique sound that combined some African rhythmic influence played by percussion and contrabass, with Middle Eastern melodies played by the oud and flute,” explains Hoffman. “The most important thing for me was that the positive vibe and round, warm groove would continue throughout the record.”

Hoffman is joined on Evolution by his long-time friend and musical associate Avishai Cohen, who performs on contrabass and piano and contributes vocals. “Amos to me is a great example of a free spirit, with a strong artistic direction,” says Cohen. “I’m a fan.” Rounding out the CD’s line up are two of Israel’s most prominent musicians - ethnic percussionist Ilan Katchka and flautist Ilan Salem.

Hoffman first learned to play guitar at the age of 6, and took up the oud a few years later. After attending the prestigious Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, his search for new musical experiences led him first to Amsterdam, and then to New York City, where he performed and recorded with both legendary jazz musicians such as Denis Charles, Evelyn Blakey, and Jumma Santos, as well as with emerging jazz artists such as Jason Linder, Omer Avital, Sam Newsome, Jay Collins, Jorge Rossy, Duane Eubanks, and Avishai Cohen. He also began a more formal study of Middle Eastern music with Lebanese oud and ney player, Bassam Saba.

Hoffman can be heard on numerous recordings, including Ben Wolfe’s 13 Sketches (1997,) Jay Collins’ Cross Culture (1999,) and Sam Newsome’s Sam Newsome and Global Unity (1999.) He has worked with bassist/composer Avishai Cohen for several years, playing both guitar and oud on Cohen’s Continuo (2006,), Colors (2000,) Devotion (1999,) and Adama (1998.)

Evolution is Hoffman’s third solo release, following The Dreamer, released in 1998 on the Spanish label Fresh Sound/New Talent, and Na’ama, which he released in 2006 on the Israeli label Magada.





Midwest Record
February 2008

AMOS HOFFMAN
“ Evolution” Release Date 25th March 2008
He’s a jazzbo, he plays guitar as well ouds he build himself, he’s buds with Avishai Cohen, he will fill your ears with something new and different, even if it comes from somewhere deep in the old world. Stepping up with a different spin to the sound he’s been cultivating up to now, Hoffman brings special depth to his work that catches you off guard and trips you up every time you think you can out think him and know where he’s going next. A satisfying set that gives world jazz a new standard to live up to. Tasty.
(Razdaz Recordz)

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