Composer/bassist Noam Elron electrifies on debut CD
(Published: July 29, 2011)
July 28, 2011 (Tel Aviv, Israel) Written by Robert Sutton. The deft hand and flexible rhythm sense of composer/bassist Noam Elron reaches volcanic intensity on "Sababa 5." On this track, Elron's deep, throbbing bass gradually builds up steam and tension as Noam Landsman's tumbling drums push the groove forward. Together they electrify the beat, producing a jumpy sensation in which Hadar Noiberg's flute begins to soar. The song leaves the listener breathless with its growing momentum and, by the time it hits its climax, Elron and guitarist Dima Gorelick are jamming furiously.
Originally a sideman and arranger, Elron makes his debut with Fluctuation, an album that bursts through the speakers with youthful swagger and surgical precision. There is remarkable chemistry on display here with Elron playing with, as opposed to merely leading, his bandmates. On the opening cut, "An Interesting Young Woman (for A)," Elron's hypnotic bass is in synch with the liquid flow of Gorelick's guitar.
Elron utilizes a double bass throughout the record, an instrument that he didn't start playing until he was 25. "I had played electric bass and had always felt that upright players knew some sort of secret, and I was keen to find out what it was," Elron explained. "Being a lefty made it an even greater obstacle, but one day I just went into a store, rented a terrible Chinese instrument, and started playing it from the wrong side. I then realized that it's possible after all."
Elron certainly learned how to master it fairly quickly as Fluctuation displays no rookie moves. In fact, on "Hydra Variations in F# Minor," Elron's smooth, comforting bass suggests the cool self-confidence of a seasoned vet. Elron credits this to both experience and also playing with other superb musicians. "My foremost lessons were from musicians I played with and from challenges I encountered in ‘real world' situations," Elron said. "When I got better, the musicians I played with got better. I just constantly get pulled to a higher level."
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