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Ofer Assaf – tenor sax, Marco Panascia – bass, Rodney Green – drums
Since moving to New York in 1997, Israel-born tenor saxophonist, composer and educator Ofer Assaf has performed with a veritable who’s who of the jazz world and beyond. With a deep respect for and noticeable influence ranging from such legendary tenors as John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, Michael Brecker, Steve Grossman, Billy Harper (a former teacher) and George Adams – Assaf’s C.V. includes work with keyboardist Adam Holzman (Miles Davis) and bassist John Lee (Music Director for the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars) as well as with George Clinton and several of Clinton’s P-Funk and Funkadelic alumni bands (including with bassist Bootsy Collins and in the horn section of keyboardist Bernie Worrell’s Orchestra). He has also played with drummer Francisco Mela, guitarist David Gilmore, pianist Arturo O’Farrill, bassist Ron McClure, Living Colour’s Will Calhoun and Vernon Reid and the Latin group KAMAFRA with Tania Maria’s percussionist Edmundo Carnero.
Assaf’s music has been internationally recognized… He won the Israeli National Competition in Jazz and Contemporary Music for young musicians (1991); was recipient of scholarships and awards from the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute (1999-2001) and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (1998-1992); was pre-nominated for the Grammy Awards in “Best Jazz Instrumental Album” category (2009) for his debut album Tangible Reality (Summit Records) with Jim Rotondi (trumpet), Don Pate and Essiet Essiet (bass) and Bruce Cox (drums); and with the Bernie Worrell Orchestra he was awarded “Best Funk/Fusion/Jam Song of the Year” at the 12th annual Independent Music Awards (2013).
The saxophonist has also received glowing praises from many significant jazz veterans, musicians and jazz critics alike….
“It’s a pleasure to hear and see the tremendous musical growth of musicians with such superb talents as Ofer Assaf… one of the better, young, up-and-coming players who understands that strong projection of guts is needed in the expression of hard, gritty swing.” -Billy Harper (tenor saxophonist)
“I really loved (his) album Tangible Reality… a very fine album. The tunes are very creative… very hip, high quality playing and composing…very well done.” -Randy Brecker (trumpeter)
“Whether it’s the majestic Billy Harper tribute ‘The Archer,’ the Michael Brecker tribute ‘Blues for MB’ or the Trane-inspired ‘Tame the Wild Beast,’ Assaf plays with conviction and clarity… Highly recommended.” -Bill Milkowski, Jazztimes
“A big percentage of young mainstream jazz artists try to take the ‘Miles Davis second great quintet’ tangent to make themselves sound cutting edge. Assaf seems more of a mind to craft his own voice, in terms of ensemble sound and his own individual approach… The way to break from the pack is by developing one’s own voice. Ofer Assaf surges ahead on Tangible Reality. -Dan McClenaghan, allaboutjazz.com
“One of many excellent jazz musicians born in Israel who have recently come to prominence… tenor-saxophonist Ofer Assaf displays a lot of potential on his debut recording… He has a large tone, an adventurous style, and yet also has the ability to possess a ballad and make it his own… (his) playing hints at Charles Lloyd and occasionally Coltrane in spots but he basically has his own sound and post-bop style… It takes a lot of maturity to embrace vintage melodies yet make subtle variations that transform (them)… an impressive debut.” -Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene