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" TALAT brings something unxepected to every track, playing blues, funk and even mellower tunes has compelling chemistry in abundance. This kind of fluidity cannot be accomplished unless solid relationships are both ecnouraged and formed between musicians."


" TALAT seamlessly merges Jewish Klezmer stylizations with Middle Eastern modalities into a largely, persuasive modern jazz vibe. With sonorous flows, prophetic themes and propulsive shifts in momentum, the musicians indulge in tension/release episodes, topped off with melodic storylines, where the artists fuse explorative frameworks with a dancehall type sensibility. Overall, this is a radiantly produced session, firmed-up by the group’s conveyance of good cheer and excellence in execution."


TALAT, an exciting quintet joins the ranks of groups like new Klezmer Trio and Masada with their release of The Growl, Has the ability to add a strong underlying harmonic foundation or simply mix the obvious amounts of klezmer and jazz, free or otherwise, with classical music influence and up to date harmonic sense that leans toward jazz from the past decade.This album has something for everybody and Talat is a group worthy of a lot more attention. - JAZZ IMPROV


TALAT is a NY based quintet with exceptional abilities and technique- hearing this album really knocked me out completely. Never before have I heard such a harmonious and clever interchange of Klezmer and jazz, almost painfully brilliant. The music cleverly moves between the Klezmer-like melodies and the jazz-like improvisations with such ease and elegance that the transition seems to be perfectly natural and smooth. The arrangements are devilishly clever and intricate, but easy on the ear, so this wonderful music should please even the less experienced listeners who had little experience with contemporary improvised music. This is a rare gem and an essential examp le of music transcending the limitations of what is considered humanly possible. A must ! - JAZZIZ


TALAT's sly klez-jazz hybrid sounds right at home at John Zorn's Tzadik Label, which has recently released the quintet's debut: The Growl - NEW YORK


Composed of five accomplished musicians, TALAT plays original interpretations of klezmer, Middle Eastern grooves and African themes and spirituals, roaming between the borders of jazz, groove and improvisation. With piano, trumpet, saxophone, bass and percussion, TALAT offers improvised interludes, riveting solos and spontaneous team play. Combined with familiar riffs and lively rhythms, they create music that is as challenging as it is appealing. Bandleader and pianist Alon Nechushtan is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and the recipient of numerous awards and grants. The band’s debut recording on the prestigious Tzadik label earned accolades from music critics around the world. TALAT has toured in the US, Europe and the Middle East, and this is their DC debut. WASINGTON POST1 - WASINGTON POST


TALAT are a group based out of New York City. Their meshing of Klezmer music with other musical discliplines is what makes up their sound. Using Klezmer as the backbone of the sound allows Talat to use Israel as not only a physical but musical melting pot homeland an thus other styles come into play: North African modes and Middle Eastern rhythms conduct themselves as if in a lively conversation in a busy market. Just about all the composition on the recording clock in at over 5 minutes allowing the band to stretch out with many fine improvisational passages. The Jazz aspects (as well as the textured, spacey grooves that serve as interludes) seem reflect the musicians New York City experiences as part of their melting pot sound.If you like challenging yet engaging improvisational instrumental music then Talat is for your ears ! - WORLD RHYTHM MAGAZINE


TALAT produces an unclassifiable sound with the release of their recent album, The Growl. With brasses blowing and cascading piano keys, the sextet fuses traditional cultural sounds with new grooves and jives of the modern jazz age. “The Growl” appropriately commences the album, boasting a diverse collection of sounds and audio experiences. Teasing the listening audience with a taste of their versatility, Talat utilizes 9 minutes and 29 seconds to relax the listener, have them dancing in their seats, and then entrancing them, in the final moments, with mystical jazzy compositions. Talat’s wide array of musical mastering and expertise coalesce in The Growl, a masterpiece guaranteed to leave a multicultural purring in your ears.



TALAT steeped in the traditions of jazz, klezmer/Yiddish musics, and middle eastern structures, Talat immediately brings to mind John Zorn's Masada (particularly the releases of the Masada Chamber Ensembles), Frank London's band Hasidic New Wave, the earlier material of New Klezmer Trio, Paradox Trio, and several other related groups; led by pianist/organist Alon Nechushtan and featuring saxophonist Marc Mommaas, drummer Jordan Perlson, bassist Matt Pavolka, and trumpeter Matt Shulman, Talat weaves together a great many influences in a manner that sounds natural if not a bit ominous, grooving if not a bit swinging, and often reminiscent of a somber freylekh - SAN FRANSISCO


TALAT plays a lively, horn-heavy brand of jazz. Their roots are firmly and fundamentally planted in bebop, but their deep Jewish influences push them into unique territory :classy jazz with an adventurous spirit and not a shred of pretension, has a real creation on their hands, and they deserve to be heard :alluring, cerebral, technically impressive. - SAN FRANSISCO


TALAT _ the growl , Tzadik records 2006



TALAT uses a unique blend of scales and modes often used in the Ashkenaz traditions in East Europe, cross overed with the North African modes emphasizing the role of Israel as the melting pot homeland of all these traditions fused in the creational compositions.

TALAT creates highly original music through improvised interludes, innovative solos and spontaneous team play, implying folk and groove elements, with an organic pastels of groovy bass lines, challenging horn melodies and diverse compositions with multi cultural rhythms and riffs.

TALAT Boasts a unique guests among New York’s Busiest soloists : Sam Newsome, Andy Statman, Chris Speed, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Helias, Matt Darriau, Avram Fefer, Daniel Carter, Roy Campbel, John Ellis, Oscar Noriega, Loren Stillman, Randy Peterson, Marc Mommaas, Matt Shulman, Chris Speed, Chris Cheek and many many others greats have appeared with TALAT on the many shows it has since 2006 !

TALAT has played at some of the best Festivals and clubs in New York, Europe and the Middle East including the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City , The Bowery , Barbes, CBGB's Gathering of the Arts Festival, Joes’s Pub at the Public Theatre , The Jewish Music Festival in Washington D.C, The Celebrate Israel Festival at Palm Beach,Florida, The Jerusalem Festival In Israel , Pianos, Knitting Factory Main Space, Cambridge jazz festival, Galapagos Art Space, Cornelia Street Cafe, Zebulon , Makor, 92nd street Y, The Stone, Satalla Temple of world music, The Triad Theatre, the Tonic, The Williamsburg Jazz Festival and many many more!