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Digital Primitives may sound like a somewhat quirky name for a band - even for a jazz-oriented combo - but, considering the musical output, the moniker fits.
The trio consists of two Americans and an Israeli - drummer Chad Taylor, multi-instrumentalist and maverick performer Cooper Moore and now Tel Aviv-based saxophonist and club co-owner Assif Tsahar. The band will tour Israel for a week starting this Friday. Digital Primitives will use the forthcoming tour to showcase their new release, Hum Crackle n' Pop, which, like the group's previous recordings, offers an almost bewildering array of jazz, world music, American folk, funk, blues, soul and even some plain old rock and roll.
Taylor provides the anchor throughout, running the gamut from sensitive cymbal work to thundering rock-oriented attacks. Tsahar, who was one of the mainstays of the New York free jazz scene for over 15 years before returning to Israel to help establish the Levontin 7 club, produces his usual mix of energetic sax riffs and searching, freely-roaming explorations. The mix is immeasurably enriched by Cooper-Moore's free-spirit ethos, producing all manner of textures, colors and sentiments on a selection of standard and homemade instruments, such as a mouth bow and the one-stringed diddley bow.
Digital Primitives gigs are always hugely entertaining and leave the members of the audience with smiles plastered over their faces. There is no reason to believe this week's tour will be any different.
Digital Primitives will perform a street show in Bat Yam at noon this Saturday, in the Ein Hod Amphitheater on Saturday at 9:30 p.m., Levontin 7 on May 18 and 19 at 8:30 p.m., the Beat Club in Haifa on May 20 at 8 p.m. and at the Zappa Club in Herzliya on May 22 at 3:30 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.)