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ROY ASSAF Trio to Release 'Second Row Behind the Painter' 6/3

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ROY ASSAF Trio to Release 'Second Row Behind the Painter' 6/3

One Trick Dog Records is pleased to announce the release of Second Row Behind The Painter, the debut album from the Roy Assaf Trio. The album marks the second recording as bandleader by internationally renowned pianist/composer Roy Assaf. The trio includes Raviv Markovitz on bass and Jake Goldbas on drums. Roy Assaf has performed and toured with jazz greats including the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, the Mingus Big Band, the Slide Hampton Sextet and the David Sanborn Group. Second Row Behind The Painter showcases the unique artistic vision of the trio as they strive to create music for both jazz aficionados and audiences yet to discover jazz. The album's title is derived from one of Roy's childhood memories in Israel of an older blind man who often sat in front of him during Yom Kippur services. The magical aura that surrounded this man left a vivid impression and spoke to his profound belief in the importance of learning from older, experienced people in continuing to grow musically. Second Row Behind The Painter will be available on Amazon.com and iTunes on June 3, 2014.

Second Row Behind The Painter is an album that speaks to people of all ages and cultures. Recurring melodies combined with danceable rhythms invite listeners to accompany the trio on a musical journey. The band's vision of creating a unified voice is evident throughout the album. Assaf's original compositions explore many of his artistic and personal passions: Babel is inspired by the 2006 film, Budva, is a love letter to the coastal town in Montenegro, and Con Grew is dedicated to the late Mulgrew Miller. In addition to Roy's original pieces, several inventive arrangements are seamlessly integrated into the group's larger vision, including the Israeli song Kvar Acharei Chatzot, and the late French pianist Michel Petrucciani's piece It's a Dance.

To listen to Second Row Behind The Painter visit: http://www.royassaf.com/music/

Promotional video available at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufYPhXAW_cE

The Roy Assaf Trio is composed of three in demand musicians who have toured and recorded with many renowned artists. Drummer Jake Goldbas has played with Dave Brubeck, Candido Camero, Jose Feliciano, Patti Austin and Bill T Jones. Bassist Raviv Markovitz has performed with Joe Lovano, Cassandra Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Matt Wilson and Makoto Ozone. Roy took great care in forming a trio that shared a unified direction and identity, and from the very beginning the group had chemistry. Their goal was to create a sound that challenges them artistically and conceptually but at the same time can appeal to larger audiences. Roy's vision was not to create the traditional jazz trio, where the pianist leads and bassist and drummer accompany, but rather an integral whole in which each is an equal member. Together they explore new emotions, styles and rhythms in jazz.


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