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Gilad Hekselman has been a feature of the international jazz scene for over 10 years. Although born and raised in Israel, it was in New York that he perfected his guitar technique and took his first steps into recording with Small Records in 2006. He went on to produce five brilliant albums with his sixth, Ask for Chaos scheduled for release by Motema Records September 7, 2018.
The albums, Split Life (2006), Words Unspoken (2009), Hearts Wide Open (2011) This Just In (2013) and Homes (2015) have all helped to establish the guitarist as one of the pillars of The Big Apple’s celebrated Israeli music scene and as undoubtedly one of the most creative jazz "guitar heroes" around today.
The new album, Ask For Chaos, runs like a manifesto for Gilad Hekselman’s highly inventive approach to the "power trio". It is a powerfully diverse and unique album that features Gilad’s harmonic and rhythmic mastery while showcasing the melodic virtuosity that has become his trademark. And he proves this by heading up two different groups of musicians who share the compositions. The first comprises his two, new, regular partners, bassist Rick Rosato and drummer Jonathan Pinson and the second is with keyboard player Aaron Parks and drummer Kush Abadey who make up the electro-trio ZuperOctave. These four musicians brought together by Gilad Hekselman’s music, have a wealth of live performing and recording history just like Gilad himself who has performed with a myriad of artists from John Scofield to Esperanza Spalding.
On one side there are two Young Turks full of enthusiasm and on the other two semi-veterans yet both slip seamlessly into the aesthetic structure created by their leader.
While the first trio is acoustic-based, the second flirts intelligently with a smooth, electronic sound using Parks’ electronic keyboard and Abadey’s pads. The album as a whole has a clear logic, and its structure is skilfully designed to intertwine the two repertoires. From the simmering Prologu00001101 which gives rise to the engaging VBlues to Tokyo Cookie with its spiralling crescendo to the collection of delicately arranged miniatures Milton, Stumble Home to You and Little Song for You and the playful rhythms of Clap Clap, everything fits together in perfect harmony.
In terms of his playing, it would be too easy to say Gilad Hekselman’s music has come-of-age and matured. The many possible references and comparisons that could be drawn - Bill Frisell’s musical abstraction, the atmospheric side of Pat Metheny or even shades of Larry Coryell and the very ornate style of Englishmen Phil Miller and Chris Spedding, do not do him justice. We are quite simply in the presence of one of the most inventive musicians of our time whose talent as a composer is as equally impressive as the depth of his art.
But what does the mysterious title Ask for Chaos mean? Whether it refers to Greek mythology, a theory in physics or geology the word chaos always symbolises something powerful because it conjures up a type of fascinating disorder in much the same way as this album. But Gilad Hekselman doesn’t apologise for chaos. Nor does he use it for inspiration. Over the past few years, the musician has simply kept a close eye on what is happening in the world and the numerous downward slides. And he has delivered an album which is a reaction, a call to life and the rediscovery of humanity through investigation. Chaos is fertile ground for creativity and the emergence of new forms and this collection of compositions is its musical metaphor.