Guitarist Gilad Hekselman's new album, Homes, feels roomier, more spacious, and more contemplative an album. Its somber tone at times is like a soothing balm, and his take on the Baden Powell song "Samba Em Preludio" definitely fits the bill. Check out the official video for the song featuring Joe Martin on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums after the jump.
There may not be any stronger melodies in jazz today than the lines flowing out of Gilad Hekselman's guitar. Hekselman's new album, Homes, displays his melodicism and songwriting as well as the continued growth of his trio with Joe Martin on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Homes is the fourth album with this core trio, starting with 2008's Words Unspoken, and their rapport has continued to grow with time. While the previous albums from Hekselman have featured either Joel Frahm's or Mark Turner's sax, this album is strictly a guitar-bass-drums affair, though one track features both Marcus Gilmore and Jeff Ballard on drums and another substitutes Ballard for Gilmore on the drumset.
Guitarist Gilad Hekselman is consistently captivating. His 2013 album, This Just In, is such a strong release that I still personally keep it in rotation and may feel a bit distraught that I may have to divide my attention from it a single drop to make way for Hekselman's new release, Homes, out next month. However, Homes is yet another fantastic album that we'll rant and rave about from the talented guitarist. For starters, the new album includes a bouncy take on the Pat Metheny chestnut, "Last Train Home". However, not only do Hekselman, Joe Martin, and Jeff Ballard play the song great on the album (with usual bandmate Marcus Gilmore throughout the rest of the album), but Hekselman has also released an interactive 360-degree video of his performing the song on a rooftop. The video shot by Simon Yu is quite impressive, and another layer of greatness on top of an already great song. Dig into the video after the jump.
Gilad Hekselman is finishing up a trio tour in Europe where he was joined by Joe Martin on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums. A bit of video from the April 1 show in Cardiff, UK at Dempsey’s Jazz Club has been posted on youtube with some excellent audio. Check out the trio playing “Breathless,” which segues smoothly into “Verona,” after the jump.
Gilad Hekselman's 2013 album, This Just In, still kills. It's one of those kinds of albums with sharp compositions and even sharper playing. Though we at Nextbop are constantly in search of the new, something about this release keeps find its way back into our rotations. So seeing a performance of Hekselman alongside bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Ferenc Nemeth play "March of the Sad Ones" live from last year's Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois, France, is yet another welcome return to one of our favorite albums of 2013. Watch the performance after the jump.