Ron Magril: Until Now

Rating: ★★★

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Ofri Nehemya (d)
Ron Magril (g)
Avshalom Meidan (p)
Oren Hardy (b)


Ubuntu Music


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You can’t help but respect Magril for his classic diction and clarity of tone. This is a man whose art does the talking, not his pedal rack. From the get go of ‘It’s the Cops’, he swings hard, relishes a melody and has a full, clean feel harnessed to a precise pick attack. It’s an irresistible combo and he’s especially helped by Nehemya’s vibrant, cymbal-driven drums. You may feel you’ve just come out of a hard bop club of the late 1950s (without your clothes reeking of tobacco) but who needs your ring modulating when you have the fundamentals as nailed as this trio has. Magril makes no bones of his bop obsession, and Meidan too happily makes free with his Mcoy Tyner quotes and chordings.

Indeed, Until Now climaxes with a Tyner tribute, ‘Africa’ with Meidan as much to the fore as the unfalteringly hip Magril. There are moments of introspection, like the balladic ‘For You’ or the lyrically romantic ‘Meaningful Moments’. But Magril remains happiest in driving bop mode such as on ‘Pete’.

Some may carp that Until Now is a curious time capsule, generating little new. But when music is timeless (and in strict time) the shock of the new isn’t always compulsory.

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