Tal Wilkenfeld – Transformation

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“Wilkenfeld possesses all the requisite chops and uses them to terrific advantage on Transformation, her 2007 debut as a leader, released prior to hitting the road with Beck. As with Beck, she proves herself a potent groove-meister, in this case working hand-in-glove with Keith Carlock, best-known as Steely Dan’s recent drummer of choice, both on the road and on its last release, Everything Must Go (Reprise, 2003). The grooves are rich and visceral on this set of Wilkenfeld originals (one, the beautifully balladic “Truth Be Told,” co-written with Transformation’s keyboardist, the ever-tasteful Geoffrey Keezer), with solo space aplenty and a less restrictive format allowing Carlock greater freedom than in The Dan’s more defined context.” – John Kelman/AllAboutJazz.

Track listing:

1. BC 00:00

2. Cosmic Joke 06:21

3. Truth Be Told 12:47

4. Serendipity 19:28

5. The River of Life 24:31

6. Oatmeal Bandage 32:15 7

Personnel:
Tal Wilkenfeld – bass, arrangement, production
Wayne Krantz – guitar
Geoffrey Keezer – keyboard, piano
Keith Carlock – drums
Samuel Torres – percussion (track 3)
Oteil Burbridge – bass melody (track 6)
Seamus Blake – saxophone
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Released: 14 May 2007
Recorded: 30–31 May 2006
Studio: Right Track Studios; Avatar Studios
Length: 48:22
Label: Eagle
Producer: Tal Wilkenfeld


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