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Yotam Silberstein’s ‘The Village’ entrances

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I first became aware of Yotam Silberstein’s prodigious guitar talent when he played on Monty Alexander’s Grammy-nominated Harlem-Kingston Express Live! album, a rollicking fusion of jazz and reggae accoutrements. The Israeli guitarist’s new album is The Village, soon to be released on the Paris-based jazz&people label. In the tradition of lyrical guitarists like Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell, Silberstein plays beautifully on mainly original tunes, along with covers of songs by his favored Latin American and Brazilian composers. On the title song, an ode to Greenwich Village, both the guitarist and pianist Aaron Goldberg stretch out on captivating solos. A masterly rhythm section, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Greg Hutchinson, provides the propulsion and sensitive underpinning on this extraordinary album. — Mordecai Specktor

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