Chameleon, by Paul Jackson, Harvey
Mason, Benny Maupin and
Ornithology, by Benny Harris and Charlie
Bus Ride, by Ofer Shapiro
Heliopolis, by Jay Beckenstein
Tovy & Ido Meshulam Generations
Trombone & Bass
It all began with Tovy's father, Percy
Meshulam, who was a wonderful trumpet
player and an extraordinary teacher. At the
very young age of 3, Ido started to take
"every day" lessons with Tovy just as
Tovy took with his father, Percy, years
This album celebrates the Meshulam
family musical tradition and 20 years of
daily practicing together, father and son. It
features the Trombone Duo, as expressed
in compositions and arrangements from
the Renaissance through Baroque,
Classical, Romantic and Jazz.
Ido, the third generation, is an outstanding
trombone player and jazz musician. He
holds a Master's Degree from the
prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of
Jazz Performance at UCLA, and a
Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College
of Music. Ido is the winner of three
international jazz trombone competitions,
and has been awarded excellence
scholarships both in Israel and the U.S.
THE SEVENTH DIMENSION (2001)
The Tovy Meshoulam Trombone Quartet The Seventh Dimension
The Tovy Meshoulam Trombone Quartet was founded in 1992. The quartet’s repertoire includes a rich selection of classical and modern music, original compositions, jazz arrangements and popular tunes. The debut album of the quartet, Slide by Slide, was recorded in 1995.
The material on the current album was meticulously chosen to represent both the traditional trombone quartet and the unique character of this ensemble, as expressed in the compositions and arrangements by Tovy Meshoulam.
The original compositions on this album set out to explore the possibilities of the trombone quartet. These compositions aim to develop new sounds for the ensemble, to experiment with unusual harmonic structures and to express both the soft and the harsh aspects of the trombone.
SliDE BY SliDE (1998)
The Tovy Meshoulam Trombone Quartet Slide by Slide
Jazz and chamber music are similar in that, while both require an intricate interaction between the performers, they also allow for unique personal expression – both in sound and in musical interpretation. This is why these two seemingly distant can be so successfully combined. This album is an example of such a combination.
Tovy Meshoulam, one of the leading trombone players in Israel, is also a prominent composer, arranger, conductor and music instructor. On this CD, he combines all of these: the quartet – which is led by him, and whose other members are three of his best former students – plays several compositions and arrangements by Tovy.
The diverse material on this album fully demonstrates the unique sound and character of the trombone quartet. Anyone fond of jazz or chamber music will without a doubt enjoy this unusual album.
ETERNALLY SPONTANEOUS (1994)
Tovy Meshoulam Eternally Spontaneous
Tovy Meshoulam - Trombone
Dror Ben-Gur - Tenor & Soprano Saxophones
Mark Rozen - Tenor & Alto Saxophones
Amos Ever Hadani - Guitar
Yaron Gottfried - Piano
Yorai Oron - Bass Guitar
Rony Holan - Drums
Arik Davidov - Flugelhorn
Ziv Ben - Alto Saxophone
Yosefa Meshoulam - Clarinet
"...It is interesting to see how well Tovy uses the instruments to create a "massive", almost Big Band sound, although he uses only a small ensemble of musicians. The voicing of the horns and the colors of sound combined with the vitality of the rhythm section is masterful..."
On his second album, bandleader, arranger and composer Tovy Meshoulam presents a series of original compositions written by him and by two other young Israeli composers. Tovy's brilliant arrangements add soul to this astounding music and create a tapestry of sound never before heard in this country. One can only hope that this album will become a "classic".
"...The material selected for this recording presents a wide spectrum emphasizing the skills of the musicians as ensemble members and soloists. The mixture of jazz standards and original compositions serves well as a vehicle to fanfare how good this band is..."
This ensemble of ten Israeli jazz musicians is unique in many ways. The usage of acoustic wind instruments without support of any harmonic instruments produces an unorthodox sound. The skillful arrangements emphasize the variety of sounds made by the brass and reeds. It is also a meeting between veteran and master musicians and promising youngsters, who are about to embark on their musical careers.