Translator’s Note, Oded’s second album as a leader, has appeared on 2 “best of 2017” lists and received one “Album of the Year” mention. The album also received an extraordinary review from Downbeat Magazine, calling it: “A recording of enormous emotional pull”.
Best of 2017
“After John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins made their marks, shaping an original sound with a saxophone-led quartet has became a challenge. Saxophonist Oded Tzur was up to it. His Translator’s Note explores mysterious and luminescent soundscapes unlike any others.” Read more on Dan McClenaghan’s Best Releases of 2017 on All About Jazz.
Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases of 2017 also features Translator’s Note, along side music by Vijay Iyer, Gary Peacock and others. Ackermann names his Album of the Year and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year on the Jazz Journalists Association website.
Carlo Wolff has written a passionate and insightful review of Translator’s Note on Downbeat Magazine (see full story here):
“Urgency coexists with Zen-like calm on the darkly brilliant sophomore album by tenor saxophonist Oded Tzur. The dynamics of his fearless quartet mirror its ever-shifting storytelling intent. A student of Indian classical music, Tzur is an architect of stealth, meticulously building his tunes from the ground up. At times, his very quietude seems to roar; the way he starts and ends “Single Mother” suggests a volcano on the ocean floor. An explorer of the microtonal and a player of such restraint and patience that his explosions are particularly startling, Tzur delivers a unique sound, giving his instrument pioneering dimension and depth.”