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Daniel Meron, Sky Begins (Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit Records)




Daniel Meron, Sky Begins (Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit Records)
CD Reviews: May 12, 2016

05/12/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Daniel Meron, Sky Begins (Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit Records)

Jazz pianist Meron is from Brooklyn by way of Israel, having learned piano at age 7. In this second album, his first since 2010’s critically applauded Directions, his flawless, colorful runs are supported by drummer Jimmy Macbride and bassist Noam Weisenberg, whose underpinnings don’t merit much more than a few perfunctory golf-claps, not that they’re focus points, but a lot of this is low-key progressive Starbucks-ambience that would have room for a little whiz-bang color here and there that wouldn’t necessarily rouse a reader from their New York Times entertainment section. The focus point of these eight original numbers would most logically be on Meron, of course, and yeah, he’s great, but it’s his wife, Maia Kero, who gets the bulk of the spotlight, for better or worse. She does appear to have a good handle on these lightly adventurous wanderings, especially on “You Give Me Love,” easily the best workout on board, but she doesn’t scat much, if at all, which would have made these tunes sound a little less anatomically correct. It’s great for what it is, but a little stuffy. A- 





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