Tom Oren – Dorly’s Song (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:02 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Dorly’s Song, the debut album by Israeli-born pianist Tom Oren, winner of the 2018 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition (renamed for the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz in 2019). The album is an intimately personal project for Oren, offering his interpretations of songs composed by his mother, Dorly Oren Chazon, a highly regarded pianist and composer in Oren’s native Israel.
Dorly’s Song consists of ten pieces, almost all of which were written before Oren was born. They represent some of the most formative influences of his life, as indelible in their own way as a nursery rhyme or a first musical passion. Oren’s renditions reframe these songs as jazz standards, boasting vibrant melodies ripe for improvisational flights,together with his fine collaborators: drummer and old friend Eviatar Slivnik along with bassist Barak Mori and special guest saxophonist Eli Degibri, both heroes of the younger musicians who have become key figures in the fertile Israeli-American jazz scene.
“My mother introduced me to the world of music,” Oren says. “It was really important to me to share her songs with the world. They are eclectic, beautiful and original, and define a major part of my identity as an artist.”
The album also serves to introduce Oren to the wider world, after his illustrious win in the Monk Competition. His talents were recognized by such luminaries as Herbie Hancock, Jason Moran, Monty Alexander and Danilo Pérez, all of whom served as judges for the 2018 edition. Oren is a recent transplant to New York City following his graduation from Berklee College of Music, where he studied with such influential professors as Joanne Brackeen, Ralph Peterson, Alain Mallet, Dave Santoro and Doug Johnson.
“I felt so grateful,” Oren says of the victory. “Meeting all of those amazing pianists seemed more like a conference than a competition. My mind was blown by every one of them; we all shared the same love and maybe a certain craziness. We were playing in front of jazz royalty, and this kind of recognition comes with a tremendous feeling of responsibility.”
For Oren, the responsibility of paying back that vote of confidence as well as its tacit admission into the American jazz community is paired with the responsibility he feels for his mother’s influence. Dorly Oren Chazon has composed scores and songs for a number of celebrated cinematic and theatrical productions in Israel, including such leading lights as filmmaker Avi Nesher and playwright Nisim Aloni. After the births of Tom and his brother she transitioned into music education, where she has invented and patented a number of learning devices.
1. Tom Oren – Night Butterfly
2. Tom Oren – Under A Carob Tree
3. Tom Oren – Melody
4. Tom Oren – Mrs. Barbarelli
5. Tom Oren – Adolia
6. Tom Oren – Zoo
7. Tom Oren – Don’t Let Me Wait For You
8. Tom Oren – That Night I Heard
9. Tom Oren – So Angela
10. Tom Oren – Give Me Peace