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Recently, I was contacted by an Israeli jazz guitarist living in Manhattan, New York, who asked if he could send his debut CD to me for review.
We used Skype to chat and I was instantly taken by Sivan’s almost shy personality. Listening to his album, Enchanted Sun, there is nothing shy about his performance. This young man’s trio, Sam Anning (bass) and Rajiv Jayaweera (drums) is creating a stir and attracting very positive reviews. These men play as if they have known each other forever.
It is always risky for an unknown musician to launch a jazz career with his own compositions and here Sivan has boxed clever. Seven of the nine tracks are his original compositions, but he has cleverly added a couple of standards: the light touch of Richard Rodgers’ Isn’t it Romantic? in which the trio bring new nuances to an old favourite.
You will play their rendition of the George Gershwin classic How Long Has This Been Going On? again and again. Go to http://www. rotemsivan.com/#!video to watch and listen to this remarkable young man at his strumming best.
You may buy the album at this site, too.
I don’t need a crystal ball to foresee a great future for Sivan.
Revolver Soul Jazz 2 DVD
Our competition today is once again sponsored by Revolver Records and if you would like their free catalogue, simply e-mail Justine@iafrica.com.
The Soul Jazz 2 DVD features 11 artists, including John Lee Hooker (with Ry Cooder), Bo Diddley (with Keith Richard), Luther Vandross (with Gregory Hines), and The Blind Boys of Alabama.
The musicians are featured in concerts and The Spinners perform in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 1937 as part of the famous Rumble in the Jungle fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
If the blues is your bag, this compilation will fit very nicely into your collection.
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Question: Who performs in concert with John Lee Hooker?
Revolver Records have made 10 copies of the Soul Jazz 2 DVD available.
Please submit your entries by e-mail only. Submit only one entry per competition to: jassmanquiz@ yahoo.com and include your name, postal address and contact numbers as I call the winners and confirm the delivery address and the answers. Competition closes at noon on Saturday.