Take Effect Reviews weighs in on Yaron Gershovsky, Transitions

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TAKE EFFECT

by Tom Haugen

YARON GERSHOVSKY

Transitions

Dorron, 2022

8/10

Listen to Transitions

Yaron Gershovsky is a man of many talents, and here he brings his skills witih piano, arranging, composing and producing to the originals and covers that traverse jazz, rock and samba, among others.

“Northern Lights” starts the listen with frisky and intricate keys alongside the swift drumming of Cliff Almond and Boris Kozlov’s well timed bass, and “Transitions” follows with a much calmer approach that benefits from Will Lee’s electric bass and David Mann’s alto flute in the dreamy climate.

Entering the middle, “Show Me The Way” burns slow with Alex Sipiagin’s soulful trumpet complementing Gershovsky’s graceful keys, while “So Danco Samba” offers a playful and upbeat energy that’s certainly danceable and showcases Aubrey Johnson’s charming vocal acrobatics in the Jobim original. “I’ll Be Seeing You”, one of the album’s best, then spotlights Gershovsky’s inimitable piano prowess as much beauty radiates.

Inching towards the end, “The Lonely Tree” is Gershovsky’s interpretation of the folk traditional with much cautiousness amid a poetic demeanor, and “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’” exits the listen with Johnson’s rich vocals returning with a busy execution that includes pretty backing vocals, crisp drumming, dazzling keys and meticulous bass work.

An aptly titled effort, Gershovsky and company weave in and out of tunes that put a fresh coat of paint on classics as well as displaying his very versatile and exciting brand of song craft.

Travels well with: Billy Test TrioComing Down Roses; David JanewayDistant Voices

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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