Eli Degibri : Tenor & Soprano Saxophones
Brad Mehldau : Piano
Ron Carter : Bass
Al Foster : Drums
* Scheduled to be re-released under Degibri Records
Israeli Song Track List1. Unrequited
2. Mr. R.C.
3. Judy the Dog
4. Jealous Eyes
5. Manic Depressive
8. Look What You Do To Me
9. Third Plane
10. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
11. Israeli Song
Israeli Song Liner Notes by Eli Degibri"Living the dream" is a phrase we musicians use with a bit of sarcasm when on the road, touring, driving for 7 hours straight to the next show or waking up at 5am to catch a plane after only 3 hours of sleep. This "gallows humor" is very funny when you're sleep deprived, but the truth is we all know very well that our life is a dream come true – to live a life doing what we love the most – making music. Inside this large dream there are many small ones that we fantasize about. Some come true and some don’t, but we keep trying, moving forward from one dream to the next.
Israeli Song is a project about a little dreamy boy who heard Ron Carter's walking bass on a Miles Davis record and wished he was Wayne Shorter. It's about a teenager who heard Joe Henderson playing at the Red Sea Jazz Festival on the radio (because he was not old enough to travel on his own) and wished that one day he'd be "gliding" on top of Al Foster's ride symbol. It is also about a young student who was in awe when he first heard Brad Mehldau play "All the Things You Are" at the Village Vanguard, and was instantly opened to a new way of approaching tradition.
On December 22nd 2009 I was living many dreams! I am forever grateful to have been able to record this album which is a reflection of who I am: an Israeli boy who fell in love with Jazz, envisioned life as a Jazz musician, now playing along side his heroes – Israeli song.
Eli Degibri, March 2010