Third World Love

Four years ago in Barcelona, four artists, trumpeter Avishai Cohen (“a gifted improviser”- The Village Voice), pianist Yonatan Avishai (“Genius pure and simple”-Ha’ir), bassist Omer Avital (“strikingly talented”-Entertainment Weekly) and drummer Daniel Freedman (whose “drumming retains a sumptuous authenticity, as if he learned everything from the dusty street of some South American or African urban center”-Modern Drummer) came together for what was to be a one time tour. Thirty seconds into Wayne Shorter’s “Juju,” the first tune they ever played together, and the guys simultaneously realized that this was going to be a “dream-band” type of experience.

Third World Love was born as a unique musical brotherhood that has, thus far, resulted in numerous sold-out tours and three highly successful recordings, Third World Love Songs, Avanim and Sketch of Tel Aviv. Three of its members originate from Israel and one from New York (Daniel Freedman). Now with three quarters of the band being long-time noted mainstays on the NYC scene (pianist Yonatan Avishai resides in the south of France), New Blues solidifies the band’s position as an internationalized, “downtown” amalgam that levels in its striking uniqueness, brilliantly delving deep into multiple genres over the course of the recording.

Throughout Israel and Europe Third World Love routinely plays in venues to large crowds (often a thousand plus strong) of mostly young people dancing and partying the entire night; not your typical jazz scenario – but actually a very exciting part of the perpetual story of jazz and “world” music, reminiscent of the rambunctious, out-for-a-good-time crowds that jazz musicians entertained in another era.

Third World Love is a band that is generating excitement for jazz amongst a new generation of fans with a singular brand of music that is a blast to get into, physically and/or intellectually. Time Out Tel-Aviv put it this succinctly, “Forget what you thought about jazz . . . Never in my life have I seen so many people moving to the sounds of such complicate melodies and harmonies. When the music is created on stage, there is no choice but to listen, shake your ass and notice how your stupid smile is getting bigger and bigger every second.”

Now, in 2008, with several of its members enjoying long-term critical acclaim in the States, Third World Love is primed to make inroads into the U.S. with the release of New Blues (their 2nd U.S. release), an organic combination of compositional forms that blends jazz, African, Latin and Middle Eastern music.


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