Last Call Review: Gilad Hekselman/Ask For Chaos/ Hexophonic Music

Dec 1, 2018

Guitarist Gilad Hekselman has been making his mark on a series of recordings since his arrival in New York from Tel Aviv in 2004. His latest recording, Ask For Chaos, is argubably his finest to date, showcasing the many sides of his immense talent.

Using an uncommon approach, Hekselman debuts two trio lineups on this session. Those are the gHexTrio with Rick Rosato on bass and Jonathan Pinson on drums and the ZuperOctave electric trio with Aaron Parks on piano and keyboards plus Kush Abadey on drums & pads.

Hekselman's assured guitar voice is in good company with these two trios. From the lyrical yet burning "VBlues", and the bold, cutting edge "Tokyo Cookie" to the percussive "Clap Clap", plus the dreamlike "Stumble" and the warm "Little Song For You" that is similar in mood to some of Pat Metheny's fine recordings, the date features an artist who has tremendous warmth but is also capable of daring, inspired guitar work.

Born in Israel, Gilad Hekselman has performed with many of today's top jazz artists including John Scofield, Anat Cohen, Gretchen Parlato, Dayna Stephens, Chris Potter and others. Hekselman's Ask For Chaos was released in September of 2018 on his new Hexophonic Music label in association with Motema Music.  Highly recommended for your listening enjoyment!

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