Tamir Hendelman - Destinations
- Genre: Jazz
Tamir Hendelman, piano; Marco Panascia, bass; Lewis Nash, drums.
Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams; Passarim; Soft Winds; Le Tombeau de Couperin; My Song; You Stepped Out of a Dream; Israeli Waltz; Anthropology; Babushka; On the Street Where You Live; BQE; Valentine.
DESTINATIONS—Resonance Records RCD-1017. www.resonancerecords.org.
By Matt Marshall
On this, his first release for Resonance Records and second overall as a leader, pianist Tamir Hendelman displays a supple, refined touch put in the service of deceptively easy-flowing music that evolves from melancholic openings to spirited, galloping middles and back again (or turns this progression inside out) in a natural, unforced manner.
While the album includes takes on intricate compositions by several of Hendelman’s fellow pianists/composers, including Fletcher Henderson, Keith Jarrett, Fred Hersch and Maurice Ravel, the two original compositions penned for the set—“Israeli Waltz” and “Babushka”—are, perhaps, its most emotive and gripping. With heartbreaking melodic slips redolent of Brad Mehldau’s modernist weepers, the pieces also incorporate classical themes and strong whiffs of the pianist’s heritage: from Russia and Poland to Israel and the United States. In this, they echo the rest of the music here—drifting, stewing, swirling and stepping out to meet some new liquid horizon. Which means Hendelman is successful in capturing that titular spirit of wanderlust; his sights, after all, are on plurality—of arriving to leave again—he doesn’t have a single, conclusive endpoint in mind.
The trio setting is effective in helping Hendelman along this road, lending an unencumbered, intimate quality to the music that allows it at once to nimbly change course and keep its wheels and weight on the road. Bassist Marco Panascia and drummer Lewis Nash supply amble bottom and counterpoint to the proceedings and step forward time and again to take the listener on welcome detours from the pianistic thoroughfare. Destinations, no doubt, is just a taste of all the travels Hendelman and Co. have in mind for us in the future.