Oded Tzur is a tenor saxophonist with a warm tone reminiscent of John Coltrane, with which he convincingly bridges Western and Eastern music. He is praised for his narrative compositions, his unprecedented control over the saxophone’s dynamics and his singular technique of sliding between its various notes. Coming from Tel Aviv, the saxophonist studied Indian music with the legendary flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia at the Rotterdam conservatory. He’s currently part of the new generation of Israeli musicians celebrating success in the New York jazz scene. ‘His ability to manipulate his instrument’s timbre borders on the impossible’ (de Volkskrant). ‘Urgency coexists with Zen-like calm on the darkly brilliant sophomore album by tenorsaxophonist Oded Tzur. The dynamics of his fearless quartet mirror its ever-shifting storytelling intent. 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. At times, his tenor saxophone grazes a flute’s timbre; at other, it plumbs the depths of a bass clarinet’ (Downbeat, review of the album Translator’s Note, released on Enja Records).