Israeli-born, New York-based saxophonist Uri Gurvich is set to release is third album as a leader, Kinship, September 8th on the French label Jazz Family. Kinship brings together a stellar multinational cast in Argentinian pianist Leo Genovese, known for his work with Esperanza Spalding; Bulgarian bassist Peter Slavov, a member of Joe Lovano’s Us Five; and the Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, who holds the much-coveted drum chair in McCoy Tyner’s trio.
The music on the album deals with the different meanings of “kinship”, whether celebrating family and folkloric traditions or reflecting on various aspects of kin relations. In addition, the music deals with differences, divisions or uniqueness in society due to belonging to a certain group or tribe. Check out “Blue Nomad” below, the first single from the album.
Sébastien Hélary co-founded Nextbop in 2009 with the objective of introducing modern jazz music to a younger generation of fans. Aside from music, his other main obsession is food, particularly ramen and other Japanese delicacies.