Changes (4) ‎– Changes

Jazzis Records ‎– 1022
Jazz In Israel – Vol. 22
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Recorded at Eshel Studios, Tel-Aviv, Israel, June 29, 1992 & April 11, 1993

Adam Baruch, May 1993, wrote on booklet:
Although Romania can be hardly considered as one of the world's jazz centers, the country is blessed with a number of exceptional jazz musicians, famous beyond the country's borders. Among Israeli immigrant jazz musicians one can find several "Romanians', including the fabulous Peter Wertheimer -in my opinion one of the greatest saxophonists.
When Gia lonesco arrived in Israel from Romania, he was immediately absorbed into the local scene, and the formation of "Changes" was soon to follow. His inexhaustible energy, somehow weird sense of humor and an extraordinary devotion to music bought him many fans and followers. Although deeply rooted in the music of the great progressive rock and jazz-rock groups of the 70's, his musical approach is very modern and broadminded, and his virtuosity and inventiveness truly amazing.
The two other members of "Changes' are ideal companions to make this group a unique musical unit. Asaf Sirkis is a player of astonishing dynamics, sublime sophistication and finesse. His performances on this record rival the achievements by players of international fame, and I hope one day the worldwide jazz public will discover his name. Gabriel Meir on the other hand is a classic example of stability and serenity, without which 'Changes' probably would tend to drift towards chaos and anarchy, in the "heat of creation". However, this poise should not be mistaken for lack of imagination - his intense and spirited playing throughout this record is truly inspirational.
The choice of material for this record is also quite unusual. The tracks vary from completely improvised pieces to carefully arranged compositions. Among the numerous versions of "Summertime" one can find on records, the one included here -a suite of seven variations on the theme by George Gershwin - is truly brilliant. The beautiful arrangement of Bela Bartok's "Dawn" is (as far as I know) the world premiere recording of this recently discovered composition by the master.

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