Omer Avital's Band Of The East: Live In Concert He came to New York in the early '90s and became a top-notch jazz musician. Then he went back to Israeli to study the Middle Eastern musics of his ancestry. Now, the bassist surfaces all of it in his winding, funky compositions, performed live in downtown Manhattan.

The Checkout: Live

Omer Avital's Band Of The East: Live From 92Y TribecaWBGO

Omer Avital In Concert (Full Audio)

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Bassist Omer Avital came from Israel to New York in the early '90s and found himself among the top tier of straight-ahead modern jazz performers. The time in the big city led him to re-investigate his roots — his parents are from the Arab-speaking world — and in 2002, he returned to Israel to study traditional music and oud. Since returning, he's remained a monster bass player, but has also integrated his Middle Eastern musical interests into his composing. The results can be heard on his Suite of the East recording, made in 2006 but released this year; the Band of the East performs here.

From the 92Y Tribeca in downtown New York City — back up and running after Hurricane Sandy — Omer Avital's Band of the East followed Greg Tardy's quintet in a double bill, part of the WBGO concert series The Checkout: Live. For the full concert archive of this series, visit npr.org/checkoutlive.

Set List

All compositions by Omer Avital.

  • "Eser"
  • "Zohar Smiles"
  • "Ramat Gan"
  • "One Man's Light Is Another Man's Night" [video highlight]
  • "Neighborhood Song"
  • "Ayalat Hen"

Personnel

  • Omer Avital, bass/oud
  • Greg Tardy, saxophone
  • Nadav Remez, guitar
  • Jason Lindner, piano/keyboard
  • Daniel Freedman, drums

Credits

Producer and Host: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen; Production Assistant: Michael Downes; Video Director: Stew Nachmias. Recorded Nov. 7, 2012 at 92Y Tribeca in New York, N.Y.

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