Shai Maestro new album 'Human' available now

Shai Maestro new album 'Human' available now

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Nice one!"Human" is this month´s Editor´s Choice of Jazzwise Magazine."Captivating. (..) Shai Maestro´s respect for the ECM ethos of space and close-listening is apparent from the opening of the tranquil, cymbal-whispering "Time", with its short, glistening piano motifs and gently haunting theme. (..) Philip Dizack is a key figure on this session, threading a deep triplet melody, an Iberian heat and soft multiphonics double-time into the dancing "GG" and an anthemic wistfulness to the time-switching "The Thief´s Dream", with visionary drummer young drummer Ofri Nehemya driving a fast pulse under the track´s unhurried theme. (..) It´s a very special session, which the polls will almost certainly recognise." John Fordham

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Tue February 23rd

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מזל טוב! מחכה ללילה להאזנת בכורה ❤️

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First it was “Spain” from light as a feather. My uncle played it for me on a vinyl when I was probably 8 years old. I remember it very vividly. I remember the messy studio and the old record player. That’s the first time I heard the sound of Fender Rhodes. The next time was seeing him on stage. Stockholm Jazz Festival. I was probably 11 or 12 and my parents took me to see him with his trio. He played with Jeff Ballard and Avishai Cohen, that’s the first time I saw Avishai too. Each time was a life changing experience. My parents took me to a little record booth close to the stage and told me to pick an album, I chose “Native sense”. I remember that orange cover very well. Took it home with me to Israel and it became obsessed with it for many years to come. My teacher at the time told me “listen to his COMPING!” and so I did. So much wisdom there. 
Then Now He Sings Now He Sobs, then Play, then Past Present and Futures. All of these were spinning in my little CD player for YEARS. And on and on and on.. The list of amazing albums he left behind is unbelievable. 

I remember being offered by a friend of mine to play the late set at the Blue Note in NY after Chick and Gonzalo Rubalcaba 2 or 3 years ago. I was out of town so I couldn’t physically make it and I was somewhat relived.. What is there left to play after these two giants walk off stage? 

I got to meet Chick a few times. Always a kind, beautiful soul. Always supportive. Offering advice, sharing his dilemmas about music. I remember him talking about wanting to dare more(!). 
I often mention him in conversations about musicians egos - seeing a real master being so humble is a lesson for all of us to keep our feet on the ground. If Chick wasn’t arrogant, nobody should be. 

The sound, the rhythm, the harmonic ideas, the bees flying everywhere (I dare ya’, I dare ya’! As Mr. Shorter so wonderfully said). And to me - to think about the generosity with which he opened his doors for us through social media in the last year, allowing us a daily peek into his practice room is a testimony of this man’s big heart. I owe him so much, as so many others do. Thank you for the gifts along the way Chick. Shai

First it was “Spain” from light as a feather. My uncle played it for me on a vinyl when I was probably 8 years old. I remember it very vividly. I remember the messy studio and the old record player. That’s the first time I heard the sound of Fender Rhodes. The next time was seeing him on stage. Stockholm Jazz Festival. I was probably 11 or 12 and my parents took me to see him with his trio. He played with Jeff Ballard and Avishai Cohen, that’s the first time I saw Avishai too. Each time was a life changing experience. My parents took me to a little record booth close to the stage and told me to pick an album, I chose “Native sense”. I remember that orange cover very well. Took it home with me to Israel and it became obsessed with it for many years to come. My teacher at the time told me “listen to his COMPING!” and so I did. So much wisdom there.
Then Now He Sings Now He Sobs, then Play, then Past Present and Futures. All of these were spinning in my little CD player for YEARS. And on and on and on.. The list of amazing albums he left behind is unbelievable.

I remember being offered by a friend of mine to play the late set at the Blue Note in NY after Chick and Gonzalo Rubalcaba 2 or 3 years ago. I was out of town so I couldn’t physically make it and I was somewhat relived.. What is there left to play after these two giants walk off stage?

I got to meet Chick a few times. Always a kind, beautiful soul. Always supportive. Offering advice, sharing his dilemmas about music. I remember him talking about wanting to dare more(!).
I often mention him in conversations about musicians egos - seeing a real master being so humble is a lesson for all of us to keep our feet on the ground. If Chick wasn’t arrogant, nobody should be.

The sound, the rhythm, the harmonic ideas, the bees flying everywhere (I dare ya’, I dare ya’! As Mr. Shorter so wonderfully said). And to me - to think about the generosity with which he opened his doors for us through social media in the last year, allowing us a daily peek into his practice room is a testimony of this man’s big heart. I owe him so much, as so many others do. Thank you for the gifts along the way Chick. Shai
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Remember seing you for the first time in a concert with Chick at La Defence jazz festival in Paris... That is a true loss..

Beautiful.

beautiful words, thank you!

Such beautiful words my friend!!!

Wonderful words, Shai

beautiful words! q mala noticia!

D.E.P. MASTER Chick Corea ...GRACIAS POR TANTO 🎵🎶🙏❤🎹😘😘

Le vi dos veces. Una flaco con su banda eléctrica y otra gordo con su trío acústico. Incluso pude hablar con él sobre Carles Benavent y me invitó a verlos en NY a la siguiente semana (no sé cómo, por otra parte). Creo que Sleeping Giant suena especialmente "achickcoreado". R.I.P.

Thank you to share your soul

Your text is beautiful... and I have the memory of La Défense jazz festival with you both ...❤️

«I often mention him in conversations about musicians egos - seeing a real master being so humble is a lesson for all of us to keep our feet on the ground. If Chick wasn’t arrogant, nobody should be. » ❤️

Thank you for sharing Shai, it's great to hear about your experiences with Chick. He influenced so many and has such an amazing legacy, one that is carried on in pianists like you!

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“The tremendous history of jazz is a great inspiration but also a great challenge. We each have our own individual gift, which is the choices we make – whether we turn to major or minor, whether we play pianissimo or fortissimo at a key moment. I always try to remember to embrace history while not trying to be anything or anyone else – to let the music come out of me.” – Shai Maestro

“Hearing Shai Maestro is like awakening to a new world.” – All About Jazz

“His piano style fits into a particular modern tradition, one that combines ultra-clean classical technique with a strong interest in repetitive, almost looping figures and romantic melodies” – Stereogum

Shai Maestro (1987) is one of the most promising and talented pianists of his generation. Since his debut with his own trio in 2011, Shai has shaped a strong and unique personal identity and has portrayed an incredible musical fluidity, making Shai and his band one of the most powerful and harmonious groups in jazz today.

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