L’AN VERT Invites SLR5 New Band EX
January 2, 2023
L’An Vert (BE)
Saturday January 21, 2023
L’an vert L’an Vert
A sneak peek at bassist Sal La Rocca’s new band, SLR 5, and their upcoming release “JOKER” With – Maayan Smith (t.sax) – Phil Abraham (trombone) – Igor Gehenot (piano) – Umberto Odone (drums)…Sal La Rocca, one Belgium’s finest bass players with an illustrious career behind (and ahead) of him, is surrounding himself with young talent for this new exciting quintet. All new material and adventurous group interplay is on the menu !
Sal La Rocca never ceases to surprise us. After the hit album “Shifted”, the Sicilian-born double bass player returns with a new and profoundly different project. There is a quintet version of a brand new line-up with Maayan Smith on tenor sax and Noam Israeli on drums. Two Israeli musicians newly arrived in Brussels, whom Sal met during a jam, and whose ardor and energy quickly seduced. On the piano, it is the incomparable Igor Gehenot whose percussive sound tinged with Caribbean tones gives a warm and welcoming music. Phil Abraham, who collaborated on Sal’s latest album, enters the band with beautiful textures highlighting the compositions of Sal La Rocca. These sound groovy, resolutely optimistic. They make you think of the sea, the beach, make you want to dance, hug, laugh … It feels great at the time when these few words are written …
About Sal La Rocca
Sal La Rocca is originally from Seraing, Belgium, near LIEGE. He was first a Rock guitarist, but switched to the bass as his instrument of choice after hearing (for the first time) music by several jazz greats. After switching, he taught himself how to play by the age of 23. Over time, he become one of the most “in demand” double bassists in Belgium and in the European theater. Starting in the mid 80’s, Sal has toured and performed with a wide array of musicians on the European continent like : Steve Houben, Jacques Pelzer, Michel Graillier, John Thomas, Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Harold Land, Steve Grossman, Sal Nistico, Lee Konitz, Dani Kein featuring Vaya Con Dios (2006-14)…
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