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Gilad Hekselman - "VBlues" (Stream)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Guitarist Gilad Hekselman has been keeping busy, but very soon, there's about to be a new album to show for it. Out this September on Motéma Records, Hekselman is dropping his new album, Ask for Chaos, featuring his two trios-- ZuperOctave with pianist Aaron Parks and drummer Kush Abadey and the gHex Trio with drummer Jonathan Pinson and bassist Rick Rosato. Considering the strength and flow of Hekselman's work over the years, it should be a real delight hearing where he is musically at this point with these two configurations that he's been flexing for a while. To hear what I mean, check out the first single, "VBlues", after the jump and be on the lookout for Ask for Chaos on September 7th.

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Gilad Hekselman - "Samba Em Preludio" (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Guitarist Gilad Hekselman's new album, Homes, feels roomier, more spacious, and more contemplative an album. Its somber tone at times is like a soothing balm, and his take on the Baden Powell song "Samba Em Preludio" definitely fits the bill. Check out the official video for the song featuring Joe Martin on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums after the jump.

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Gilad Hekselman - 'Homes'

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

There may not be any stronger melodies in jazz today than the lines flowing out of Gilad Hekselman's guitar. Hekselman's new album, Homes, displays his melodicism and songwriting as well as the continued growth of his trio with Joe Martin on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Homes is the fourth album with this core trio, starting with 2008's Words Unspoken, and their rapport has continued to grow with time. While the previous albums from Hekselman have featured either Joel Frahm's or Mark Turner's sax, this album is strictly a guitar-bass-drums affair, though one track features both Marcus Gilmore and Jeff Ballard on drums and another substitutes Ballard for Gilmore on the drumset.

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Gilad Hekselman - "Last Train Home" (Interactive Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Guitarist Gilad Hekselman is consistently captivating. His 2013 album, This Just In, is such a strong release that I still personally keep it in rotation and may feel a bit distraught that I may have to divide my attention from it a single drop to make way for Hekselman's new release, Homes, out next month. However, Homes is yet another fantastic album that we'll rant and rave about from the talented guitarist. For starters, the new album includes a bouncy take on the Pat Metheny chestnut, "Last Train Home". However, not only do Hekselman, Joe Martin, and Jeff Ballard play the song great on the album (with usual bandmate Marcus Gilmore throughout the rest of the album), but Hekselman has also released an interactive 360-degree video of his performing the song on a rooftop. The video shot by Simon Yu is quite impressive, and another layer of greatness on top of an already great song. Dig into the video after the jump.

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Gilad Hekselman Trio - Live in Cardiff, UK - April 1, 2015 (video)

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Gilad Hekselman is finishing up a trio tour in Europe where he was joined by Joe Martin on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums. A bit of video from the April 1 show in Cardiff, UK at Dempsey’s Jazz Club has been posted on youtube with some excellent audio. Check out the trio playing “Breathless,” which segues smoothly into “Verona,” after the jump.