Itamar Borochov Talks Album “Boomerang”, Inspirations & More [Interview]

Itamar Borochov

By Jack Barnes

Getmybuzzup: Who are your inspirations in the music industry?

 

Itamar: I’ve recently found the life and career of Quincy Jones inspiring. Also of trumpeter Dave Douglass, Bjork, and tabla master Zakir Hussain.

 

Getmybuzzup: What can fans expect on your latest album “Boomerang”?

 

Itamar: An album that you can close your eyes and listen to from start to finish, and be transported to another world.

 

Getmybuzzup: Any plans on touring to promote the album?

 

Itamar: Oh yes. We’ve been touring.

Getmybuzzup: What was it like working with legendary artists such as Curtis Fuller and Candido Camero?

 

Itamar: It’s such a privilege really, and this opportunities are becoming very rare, since the old generation is leaving us. There’s a transfer that can only happen in person, and on the band stand really. This music is passed by apprenticeship, it’s that kind of tradition, and that link to the past is crucial, in all aspects of life, not just music.

 

Getmybuzzup: What Jazz artist inspired you to become a musician?

 

Itamar: Well, my father inspired me to become a musician, even though he is not a “jazz” musician. I grew up with his music, and it was magical. People touch instruments and a beautiful sound comes that effects how you feel! It was obvious to me that I want to do have that magic in my life.

 

Getmybuzzup: What’s your all-time favorite song?

 

Itamar: The next one I’m going to compose.

 

Getmybuzzup: In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?

 

Itamar: I would say Wynton Marsalis. His level of success and influence is unmatched.

 

Getmybuzzup: Who have been some of your favorite artists that you’ve been able to work with?

 

Itamar: Definitely Curtis Fuller, I grew up listening to him on my favorite records by the Jazz Messengers, Kenny Dorham, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Joe Henderson etc. Also working with Omer Avital had that effect, I was a fan of his music growing up in Israel, before playing with him.

 

Getmybuzzup: How do you feel about the current state of music?

 

Itamar: I feel these are problematic times for music. While a lot of good music is being produced, the industry as a whole is suffering. There is very little appreciation for quality in music. It’s being given away for free online, and people wont pay more than $10 a month to have the entire music cannon of all times at their finger tips. The sound quality is terrible. The music industry is still at the dark ages of Fast-Food, Reality-TV stage of the year 2000. TV is having a renaissance period of appreciation for quality with Netflix, Amazon, HBO originals etc. In the food world, there’s a growing appreciation for health food, organic food, artisanal food, etc. In the music world we’re still on a “Yea give me the cheapest” mentality. But our renaissance will come.

 

Getmybuzzup: When your not in the studio, what do you like to do for fun and relaxation?

 

Itamar: I read a lot.

 

Getmybuzzup: If you could work with any musician dead or alive who would it be?

 

Itamar: John Coltrane and Gil Evans.

 

Getmybuzzup: What artist’s music are you currently a fan of?

 

Itamar: Tom Harrell.

 

Getmybuzzup: When performing and the crowd is singing along how does that energy make you feel?

 

Itamar: Great.

 

World-renowned Jazz trumpet player, ITAMAR BOROCHOV, has received serious critical acclaim for both his first album Outset and his recent one Boomerang in Europe. Released on the prestigious Laborie Jazz Label, Boomerang features original compositions by Itamar Borochov and unorthodox arrangements of traditional folk-melodies. It’s no wonder why Borochov has been lighting up the stages of the most important Jazz festivals and venues around the world.

This much anticipated release in the US market goes with the new wave of blending Jazz with other cultures and fashion. Itamar Borochov is no stranger to this tradition as he melts his Jazz compositions with Middle Eastern musical traditions, and recently starred in the new Stella Artois commercial (https://youtu.be/NRKnc4Bz7pg).

Itamar Borochov brings a unique sound with him wherever he goes. Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochovʼs search for his personal roots resulted in an ever-expanding love for Arab and Pan African musical sensibilities – a natural palette for a trumpeter-composer raised in Jaffa, an integrated Muslim-Jewish-Christian city.

After working with such legendary artists as Curtis Fuller and Candido Camero, and having served as arranger and co-producer for acclaimed world music sensation Yemen Blues, Borochov set out on his own path. His critically acclaimed recording Outset was included in the New York City Jazz Record’s Best of 2014 List, and his latest album Boomerang, has already received serious critical acclaim, and peaked at #5 on iTunes’ Jazz Download chart, and #6 on Amazon’s Jazz Download Chart, and was chosen as “revelation” on Jazz Magazine. Audiences worldwide are falling for his enchanting sound and virtuosic expression.

Borochov has performed internationally at such prestigious venues and festivals as Lincoln Center (NY), The Kennedy Center, (Washington DC), Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Moscow Jazz Festival, to name just a few.

Boomerang, was completed in Paris in December 2015, mixed in New York by award-winning engineer Brian Montgomery (Paul McCartney, Esperanza Spaulding, Donald Fagen, Herbie Hancock), and is his label debut for acclaimed French label Laborie Jazz. Boomerang features his extraordinarily quartet of pianist Michael King, bassist Avri Borochov, and drummer Jay Sawyer. The four have toured widely and frequently, resulting in a telepathic cohesiveness and devotion, and many inspired performances the world over. Guesting on the record, on jumbush and vocals, is Itamar’s father, and acclaimed Israeli composer, Yisrael Borochov.

Itamar Borochov, quickly gaining international recognition as a jazz innovator, continues his musical quest, offering on Boomerang a music that reflects a rich global landscape seen firsthand, through the jazz tradition.

“Borochov is extending the jazz tradition out of the resources of the tradition itself. Around the turn of the 20th century, Jelly Roll Morton was talking about the “Latin tinge,” and in the late 40’s Dizzy Gillespie joined forces with Chano Pozo to make the Afro-Cuban classic, “Manteca.” In the 1960’s Horace Silver got in touch with his Cape Verdean roots in “Song for My Father,” and so on. As Borochov notes, “Bebop was the highest of musical art forms, the first ‘world music’ ─ integrated, tribal, sophisticated, and down home soulful. What I’m doing now, bringing my sound to the jazz idiom isn’t so different from what Dizzy did. I’m progressing by reconnecting to the roots and taking it to the now and to the future.” – Boomerang by Dr. Aryeh Tepper.

Listen to the BOMMERANG album:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLd63mJppkb8ZfL2zerfx0k1m3_f-SO84o

 

About ITAMAR BOROCHOV

Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter & composer Itamar Borochov connects lower Manhattan to North Africa, modern Israel and ancient Bukhara, celebrating traces of the divine that he finds in elegant sophistication, Middle Eastern tradition and downhome blues. Borochov brings a unique sound with him wherever he goes. Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochovʼs search for his personal roots resulted in an ever-expanding love for Arab and Pan-African musical sensibilities – a natural palette for a trumpeter-composer raised in Jaffa, an integrated Muslim-Jewish-Christian city.

After working with such legendary artists as Curtis Fuller and Candido Camero, and having served as arranger and co-producer for acclaimed world music sensation Yemen Blues, Borochov set out on his own path. His critically acclaimed recording Outset was included in the New York City Jazz Record’s Best of 2014 List, and his latest album Boomerang, has already received serious critical acclaim, and peaked at #5 on iTunes’ Jazz Download chart, and #6 on Amazon’s Jazz Download Chart, and was chosen as “revelation” on Jazz Magazine. Audiences worldwide are falling for his enchanting sound and virtuosic expression.

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