Archive for May 4th, 2021

Arik Shahar – City Rhythm

81LO0Z1fgIL._SS500_Arik Shahar was born in 1964 and grew up in Haifa. At the age of 10 he began playing drums and percussion. From there he moved on to guitar, playing mainly bass. Arik played in Haifa with different bands and musicians, among them Arkadi Duchin, Micha Shitrit, Eyal Shechter, Barak Hanoch and more. In fact, for a period of time he had an important role in the start up of popular bands that originated in Haifa, such as the”Haverim Shel Natasha” and “Av Tipus”. In 1986 he made a significant musical transition, and began playing fusion,jazz and funk. He joined the Fusion group called “The Danny Shlosberg Orch” and started to play in jazz clubs all over Israel. This change made him move to the US in order to study music and develop himself as a musician.

City Rhythm is Arik’s second album. This is a natural follow up to his debut album, with more Fusion / Smooth Jazz tunes played by high class musicians with gusto and panache. Arik gathered around him some of the best Israeli Jazz players and his drive and imagination prove again that Smooth Jazz can be quality music far beyond and above supermarket background muzak. All of the tunes are originals except a great cover of the Beatles ‘Drive My Car’. Definitely worth investigating!  (Adam Baruch)

This album was released in 2005 and is still available at Amazon.com.