11.21.11NPR - All Things Considered - November 21, 2010

Trombonist Rafi Malkiel didn't name his new album lightly. It's called Water: Pretty much all the songs on this record use water sounds, or are built around the theme of water.

11.29.10"Water" hits 1st place on Jazzweek's World Music Albums chart!

09.27.10All About Jazz Review by Matthew Miller 9-27-10

Malkiel has integrated its sonic capabilities into a captivating suite of original compositions that pair the elemental simplicity of water with a panoply of contemporary compositional techniques and a virtuosic ensemble. Malkiel’s trombone and euphonium lines have a buttery, fluid quality that melds perfectly with his composed ensemble passages and supple orchestrations.

09.20.10Jambands review by Randy Ray 9-20-10

On this hymn to the liquid magic which sustains us all, Rafi Malkiel offers his second statement as a composer, arranger and bandleader. What is most impressive isn’t just that Malkiel can create pieces which are exploratory and exciting, but that he also knows how to get unique contributions from each member of his sublime cast of characters.

09.02.10Loose Ends, Vol. 2 review by Dean Christesen 9-2-10

, Malkiel’s music puts emphasis on rich textures as well as the unique individual solo voices. This is a sure contender for best jazz album of 2010.

08.11.10All Music Guide Review 8-11-10 by Alex Henderson

Water is an excellent album that world jazz enthusiasts should not overlook. ****

07.23.10Audiophile Audition review 7-23-10 by Doug Simpson

Malkiel effortlessly combines his multifarious influences with a huge group: 15 musicians are represented on 12 tunes. Water is refreshingly unique, an invigorating work that parches the thirst for ambitious, innovative music that maintains a traditional

06.24.10"H2Blow"Tablet review By Alexander Gelfand 6-24-10

It’s an eclectic mix, but hardly a scattershot one. Malkiel doesn’t just throw all of this stuff together helter-skelter; he obviously knows a lot about each genre, and he has a knack for combining them without sounding gimmicky. No matter how often Water switches stylistic gears, the whole thing remains tied together by a guiding musical intelligence—one that expresses itself in sophisticated arrangements, carefully modulated changes in texture and dynamics, and catchy melodies that never seem to resolve where you expect.

06.23.10From the Press:

“Rafi Malkiel stops in to display the remarkable mix of charts on his new self-produced disc."
Time Out New York

“Lots of great playing from Malkiel"
Chip Boaz AAJ NY

“Trombonist Rafi Malkiel soloed with loud confidence"
The NY Times

“We’re having too much fun swaying along to dreamy orchestrations and anticipating what may happen next in this world trombonist Rafi Malkiel has conjured out of thin air and musical prowess to worry about such things… Just lie on the sofa and pretend you’re in a hammock swaying in an island breeze or dancing under a star-punctured sky."
Laurell Gross. All About Jazz, August 2007


“…trombonist Rafi Malkiel soloed with loud confidence."
Ben Ratliff, New York Times May 17, 2007.

“…19 musicians are heard on Rafi's impressive debut album…but his trombone is the standout voice."
Paul Blair, Hot House. April 2007

“My Island from trombonist Rafi Malkiel came as quite a surprise for me. There's a deep knowledge of both jazz and Latin music present in the recording. Many of the songs bring a rich sense of Caribbean tradition to the recording without sounding too folk or dance tinged. Lots of great playing from Malkiel and Anat Cohen on clarinet as well."

Chip Boaz. The Latin Jazz Corner.

“…A versatile ensemble with unique instrumentation and a far-ranging repertoire that at its base never strays too far away from the Latin-related rhythms of Cuba and South America that ultimately serve as the binding element of his fresh group concept that plays music as danceable as it is listenable…[a] fantastic debut CD that will surely be a forerunner for Best Latin Jazz release come the end of 2007… it offers so much more than what is customarily expected from this generic category label."
All About Jazz NY

“Israeli trombonist-arranger Rafi Malkiel stops in to display the remarkable mix of charts on his new self-produced disc, My Island. They’re split between native sounds (son, bolero, danzon) and early jazz classics such as “Black and Tan Fantasy"", “Stardust" and “Nature Boy".
Time Out New York 8/16/07

“The Euphonium of Rafi Malkiel bridges the realms of melody and rhythm effectively…"
Edward Kane, www.Jazzreview.com 2006

“The superb Rafi Malkiel Quintet’s program of music by Jewish American composers…"
Masha Leon, The Jewish Daily Forward, 1.14.2005

“…blasting bombardino solos by Refael Malkiel"
Rock Paper Scissors 11.22.2006

“On behalf of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, I extend our warmest appreciation for your outstanding concert here. Our audience was delighted by your performance and absolutely raved about the concert."
Janet W. Solinger, Vice President, Public Programs, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC 12.4.2004

“…trombonist Rafi Malkiel soloing heatedly."
All about Jazz Dec 2005

“…el virtuoso judio del bombardino Rafi Malkiel…"
(The Jewish bombardino virtuoso Rafi Malkiel)
Gary Dominguez www.laconga.org, Folklore Urbano, Dance Chonta Records


05.30.08My Island is nominated by The Jazz Journalists Association for best Latin-Jazz album of 2008

01.06.08Rafi Wins Best Latin-Jazz Trombone Player of 2007 at The Latin Jazz Corner Website!

01.06.08My Island is one of the best five Latin-Jazz albums of 2007 at ALLABOUTJAZZ New York

01.06.08My Island gets an Honorable Mention in the Village Voice best of 2007 Jazz Poll

09.05.07My Island review by Chip Boaz, The Latin Jazz Corner

“My Island from trombonist Rafi Malkiel came as quite a surprise for me. There's a deep knowledge of both jazz and Latin music present in the recording. Many of the songs bring a rich sense of Caribbean tradition to the recording without sounding too folk or dance tinged. Lots of great playing from Malkiel and Anat Cohen on clarinet as well."

Chip Boaz. The Latin Jazz Corner





08.29.07My Island climbs to #19 on CMJ Jazz Top-40 Chart

08.28.07My Island is #1 in M3 Radio FM New York, NY

08.28.07My Island will be featured on La Guagua radio in Argentina on September 11th at 8 pm, Buenos Aires time

08.27.07My Island is #1 in WTUL 91.5 FM New Orleans, LA

08.26.07My Island is #2 in WSOE 89.3 FM Elon, NC

08.22.07"My Island" climbs to #21 on CMJ Jazz Top-40 Chart

08.18.07“My Island” on 3 out of 6 of the September issue of Latin Beat's Top 20 Hit Lists

3 out of 6 Latin jazz programmers on the Top 20 Hit Parade panel in the August 2007 issue of Latin Beat magazine listed a track from My Island in their charts.

Bomba is #12 in Vicki Sola's top 20 - WFDU 89.1FM, NY
Gozambique is #12 in Arturo Gomez's top 20 - KUVO 89.3FM, Denver
Coballende is #19 in PR in Jaime Rodriguez' top 20 -WZNT-FM 93.7 in San Juan , 93.3 in Ponce and, 93.5 in Mayaguez (Purto Rico)

08.17.07"My Island" stays #1 in CHUO 89.1FM Ottawa, Canada

08.17.07Rafi will be a guest on Vicki Sola's Que Viva La Musica - WFDU - FM 89.1

08.12.07"My Island" climbs to #1 in CHUO 89.1 FM in Ottawa, Canada

08.10.07"My Island" climbs to #23 on Root Music Jazz Chart

08.08.07"MY Island" review at All About Jazz NY

My Island
Rafi Malkiel | Self Published (2007)
By Laurel Gross

Will My Island change the course of jazz? As the Gershwin song goes, “Who Cares." We’re having too much fun swaying along to dreamy orchestrations and anticipating what may happen next in this world trombonist Rafi Malkiel has conjured out of thin air and musical prowess to worry about such things.
His creation could be Cuba, a place of memory or some other port of call. But you can hear it in all its liveliness. The aural snapshots offered through Latin-inflected orchestrations of originals and standards can transport listeners to the island of their choice.

If there’s surface gloss shimmering atop the sea surrounding this sleekly produced Island, there’s depth too. A listener would swear there’s a real moon out here, not a paper one. And if this all seems a bit like a Hollywood “location" in the golden age of film, well, those guys knew how to invoke romantic island settings and like here, no mosquitoes or sunburn.

With a few exceptions, Malkiel dedicates each tune to the exploration of a different Latin rhythm and musical curves and intricacies abound. In the bolero of “Los Tres Juanes," by Bienvenido Julian Gutierrez, he delivers an embracing trombone sound that is warm, robust and authentic and the vocals by Abraham Rodriquez will blow you away too.

The transition into Eden Ahbez’s “Nature Boy" is so smooth it’s instant seduction. Is that Anat Cohen on clarinet? (Got to be and no complaints.) This time on euphonium, the Jerusalem-born Malkiel sounds very agreeable. So does this group of nineteen players. “Stardust" is faultlessly translated into Cuban Danzon style. An interpretation of Ellington’s “Black and Tan Fantasy" as a New Orleans funeral march features Howard Johnson on tuba.

At times, it can be hard to keep score of all the players and Latin (and other) influences. A tribute to Cachao isn’t surprising in this context but JS Bach? No problem. Any feeling that the feast might be a little too rich can be easily rectified. Just lie on the sofa and pretend you’re in a hammock swaying in an island breeze or dancing under a star-punctured sky.

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Rafi Malkiel at All About Jazz.


Track listing: Gozambique (Mozambique, Cuba); Black and Tan Fantasy (March, New Orleans); Danza Magica (Fandango, Colombia); Los Tres Juanes (Bolero, Cuba); Nature Boy (Porro-Cumbia, Colombia); Stardust (Danzon-Cha, Cuba); Coballende (Son, Cuba); Blue Bomba - includes “Blue" and “Bomba" (Bomba, Puerto Rico); Fuga, Fuga, Fuga; Ze Hu Ze; Choro for Anat; (Choro, Brazil); Guajira con Trombon (Guajira, Cuba).

Personnel: Rafi Malkiel: trombone (1, 2, 4-9, 13), euphonium, (3, 5, 10, 12), leader, arrangements; Abraham Rodriguez: lead vocal (4, 7), vocals (7, 13), hand percussion including clave, guiro, maracas (4, 6, 7, 13); Anthony Camillo: bongo, timbas, bells, chekere, maracas (1, 4, 6-9, 13); Andy Gonzalez: baby bass (1, 4, 7-9); Dave Hertzberg: upright bass (2, 3, 5, 6, 12, 13); Henry Cole, drum set (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13); Jack Glottman: piano (1, 2, 4-9, 12, 13); Pablo Mayor: piano (3); Anat Cohen, clarinet (2, 3, 5-7, 10, 12, 13); Chris Karlic: tenor saxophone (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 13); Itai Kriss: flute (1, 2, 4, 6-9, 13) vocals (7), guiro (6); Steve Gluzband: trumpet (2, 6, 8, 9, 13); Gili Sharett: bassoon (2, 6, 13); Howard Johnson: tuba (2); Chacho Schartz: trez: vocals, lyrics (13); Ronald Polo: tambora, snare drum (3, 5); Morris Canate: alegre, platilos (3, 5); Sergio Borrero, llamador, maraca (5); Ze Mauricio: pandero (11, 12).

Style: Latin/World | Published: August 04, 2007


08.04.07"My Island" is #2 in Ottawa's International Chart!

07.25.07"My Island" will be featured on WMEB 91.9 FM (Orono, Maine) Wed. 7/25 4-6 PM

and there will be a live interview with Rafi on the Show "Streams of Consciousness" Host: Lester A. French Jr.

07.25.07“My Island” climbs to #28 album on JazzWeek's "World" chart

07.24.07"My Island" debuts on CMJ Jazz Top-40 Chart at #35

07.23.07 "My Island" climbs to #29 album on JazzWeek's "World" chart

07.22.07“My Island” on 3 out of 6 of the August issue of Latin Beat's Top 20 Hit Lists

3 out of 6 Latin jazz programmers on the Top 20 Hit Parade panel in the August 2007 issue of Latin Beat magazine listed a track from My Island in their charts.

Coballende is #4 in Arturo Gomez's top 20 - KUVO 89.3FM, Denver
Blue Bomba is #18 in Vicki Sola's top 20 - WFDU 89.1FM, NY
Cooballende is #19 in PR in Jaime Rodriguez' top 20 -WZNT-FM 93.7 in San Juan , 93.3 in Ponce and, 93.5 in Mayaguez (Purto Rico)

07.20.07"My Island" review by LaConga.org

Rafi Malkiel, prodigioso trombonista de origen israelí, nos permite comprender, a través de su nuevo trabajo My Island, que la música es un lenguaje que trasciende fronteras y nacionalidades.
En su lanzamiento como líder / director de banda Malkiel nos embarca en la música de su ensamble a través de un fascinante viaje rítmico por latitudes rítmicas insospechadas para el melómano de oído delicado.
My Island es un trabajo en el que, respetando de manera profunda las raíces folclóricas de los ritmos originarios, Rafi Malkiel se permite fusionar de manera casi mágica armonías tan heterogéneas como el fandango colombiano, el choro brasileño, la bomba puertorriqueña y las cubanas Mozambique, danzón–cha, son y guajira con delicados arreglos de latín jazz, género en el que Malkiel se desenvuelve brillantemente.

Recomendados: Los Tres Juanes, Nature Boy, Coballende, Choro for Anat, Guajira con trombón.
Altamente Recomendado
Diego Silva

07.16.07“My Island” climbs to #40 album on JazzWeek's "World" chart

07.12.07“My Island” climbs to #24 album on Root Music Report Top 50 Jazz Chart

07.09.07“My Island” debuts as #44 album on JazzWeek's "World" chart

07.06.07“My Island” debuts as #43 album on Root Music Report Top 50 Jazz Chart

07.01.07 "My Island" will be featured on July 1st, 2-4pm “Sunday Afternoon with Nick Marrero” WUSP 105.5FM and there will be a live interview with Rafi.

7/1 2-4pm My Island will be featured on “Sunday Afternoon with Nick Marrero" WUSP “Wisconsin Rapids WI" 105.5FM and there will be a live interview with Rafi.

06.10.07"My Island" will be featured on "Radio Block" +Live interview with Rafi, Sunday 6/10 from 2pm to 4pm

Please check out the show Radio Block on Sunday 6/10 from 2pm to 4pm (my interview will be around 2:30pm) on WBAI 99.5 FM (NYC), I will have a live interview with Ibrahim Gonzalez and he will play tracks from the new album My Island. This is the Puerto Rican day Parade, so it’s a double party!

04.17.07"My Island" review by Chris Ruel