Uri Gurvich Quartet Uri Gurvich Quartet Uri Gurvich Quartet





Uri Gurvich Quartet


  • Uri Gurvich, saxophone
  • Manuel Valera, piano
  • Peter Slavov, bass
  • Ronan Itzik, drums

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Saxophonist and composer Uri Gurvich was a member of the Tel Aviv Jazz Orchestra and won the Jazz Player of the Year competition in his native Israel before coming to Berklee, where he studied under Joe Lovano. Based in New York for the past decade, Gurvich won great acclaim as a bandleader with his debut album The Storyteller (Tzadik). All Music Guide called Gurvich, “a major new voice in jazz”. Gurvich’s second album, BabEl, (Tzadik) features his quartet and Moroccan multi-instrumentalist Brahim Fribgane on oud and percussion. The Los Angeles Times wrote that the music “transcends borders,” placing Israeli, Yemenite, East European, and North African music into a progressive jazz context. Gurvich recently released his 3 rd album, KINSHIP, on the boutique French label, Jazz Family, receiving wide acclaim. Jazz Times described the music as “organic gumbo” while Stereogum wrote “unique and hypnotic”. Gurvich and his quartet appeared at the legendary Village Vanguard, NYC Town Hall, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Washington DC Jazz Festival, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Burlington Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival, The Stone and more.

From The Press
“Transcends borders” – Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times

“Jazz is an indigenous American art form, but it is also a thoroughly global enterprise. And few of the music's practitioners embody its universality more completely than saxophonist Uri Gurvich" – Phil Lutz, Downbeat

“Unique and hypnotic.” – Phil Freeman, Stereogum

​“A major new voice in jazz” – Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

"Uri Gurvich and his crew are true citizens of the world, spreading messages of love and oneness through the music."  – Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz 

“Organic, exotic and unpretentiously heartfelt” – Mike Shanley, Jazz Times

​“Fresh and innovative, a perfect combination of past and present” – Terrell Holmes, NYC Jazz Record

"It’s meta-world jazz and it’s breathtaking." – Michael J. West, Washington City Paper