The track opens with Ido Haimovich (piano), Gonn Shani (bass), and Yali Shimoni (drums) playing an inviting and introspective melody, before saxophonist Yuval Drabkin comes in with a gorgeous melody that seems to sing out of his horn. Yuval Drabkin’s single, “Clearer Night” is a memorable and catchy tune, letting Drabkin’s compositional prowess shine, while giving space to the other musicians in his quartet to showcase their improvisatory. But the highlight of the track is Drabkin’s improvised solo, a uniquely strong melodic statement that seems to be pre composed. Drabkin controls his ensemble with inspiring interplay, responding to Haimovich’s harmonic choices on the piano, and excitingly upping the energy as Shimoni showcases his jumpy drums grooves.
Listening again, it’s no question why Drabkin is the most celebrated saxophonist in Israel today. He is extremely virtuosic, both in jazz and contemporary music. It’s this undeniable passion for creating music that has led to him receiving accolades from other top musicians, and also to notable invitations to perform as a soloist with He already earned some of Israel’s’ jazz and pop stars, including Tamir Grinberg, Eli Degibri, Aaron Goldberg, and Shem Tov Levy, and even at the nationally broadcasted Israeli reality music show, “The Next Israeli Star,”
Clearer Night” is the newest published song from this most prominent and leading creators in the scene, and I indeed look forward to hearing his next album.