Tenor saxophonist Benny Sharoni debuts
in style with Eternal Elixir, his first recording as a leader. Born
in Israel to a Chilean mother and Yemeni father, he was inspired by the
music of Sonny Rollins and Steely Dan.
Sharoni is accompanied by trumpeter Barry Ries, pianists Joe Barbato and
Kyle Aho, guitarist Mike Mele, bassist Todd Baker and drummer Steve
“French Spice” is appropriately titled. Mixed up like a fine salad, the
blended horns add a zesty flavor to this piece. It’s an energetic, fun
piece that reflects the mood of the recording as a whole. Solos by
trumpet, piano and tenor enhance this Donald Byrd composition.
“Sunny” puts a Latin spin on the Bobby Hebb pop classic. The soft tenor
leads, with the trumpet filling with response phrases. Solos are by
trumpet, piano and tenor. Throughout, bass and drums carry an effective
rhythm, occasionally stretching out a bit while continuing to support the
Tenor and trumpet lead on the lively “Pentecostal Feelin’.” The song is
part danceable rock, part spiritual celebration. Guitar, trumpet and piano
solo ahead of Sharoni. Mele has a Lee Ritenour / Wes Montgomery flair to
For Sharoni, music provided a much-needed respite from the horrors of war,
when he served a mandatory three-year stint with the Israeli army. That
was in the early 1980s. After studying at the Berklee College of Music in
Boston, he began leading his own bands and accompanying other artists,
such as Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett and Larry Coryell.
More than 20 years after his military experience, Sharoni steps out and
delivers an energy-filled, passionate dose of jazz.
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