Avishai Cohen - Duende (with Nitai Hershkovits) (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 33:40 minutes | 617 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover
The first time I heard Nitai, it was in a little café in downtown Tel Aviv, Nico, in my neighbourhood. Avishai Cohen literally fell for Nitai Hershkovits : barely 20 and despite a cheapo keyboard the youngster reminded him of Chick Corea and Danilo Perez, two illustrious peers the double bass player had been lucky enough to play with."Nitai just swings naturally, with gentle authority; I've rarely seen that with other young pianists. He has something ancient within, a spirit that shines right through the way he tackles standards. You have to know your classics inside out, and love them, to tease the wonder out of them : no point just going over the same old ground, you have to do your own take, make them part of you. Nitai brings a fresh touch, reminding me of Brad Melhdau, without actually making any comparison. He has the same intent of making each song his own. He made me want to go back again to the story I thought was over.