Ayal Tsubery was born in Jerusalem, Israel.
He started to play at age 14 and influenced by Hendrix ,
Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis and Jaco Pastoriuos.
Later on he got deeper into music and decided to take a step further
and went abroad to Berklee College of Music near Boston, USA (2007).
During his time at Berklee, Ayal focused on Jazz performance, arranging, and composing music,
while studying with world-class musicians and teachers. Most significantly - he established the
social circle that eventually turned into his band – Ayal Tsubery's Group.
Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, Ayal is rapidly emerging as a significant voice in the music community, regularly performing in and out of NYC both as band leader and side man. After having his debut album released, an East Coast tour will take place in the fall of 2014, right after a summer tour with Tipsy Oxcart.
Ayal's Debut album "Decisions" was recorded and mixed throughout 2013, and officially released in March 2014.
The group sound is a blend of contemporary jazz, middle east/Israeli folk spices, some african vibes and heavy slow rock feel (Track 7).
Review of the album by Raz Sekeles.
I have my own way of writing review and it all starts with the melodies.
Ayal's melodic sense is wonderful. his lines are fluent and gives the listener good vibes.
The feeling i got from the beginning is that the melodies were written from the heart but also combines lots of understanding
of composition and arranging. I can feel the inner search that Ayal had while composing his 8 originals.
The 1st melody, Decisions is very optimistic and starts with with a cool groove (i love the bass line!). the sax plays the melody with
nice sound and feel and the rhythmic line before the solo is so cool.
The 2nd melody, Six Floor starts with "kinda" children song line. very simple and melodic. after the line ends, the drums starts a great groove
and the melody starts with wonderful vibe, kinda rhythmic story that works great.
The 3rd melody, Lullaby For Broken Land is mixing Israeli folk, very mellow (even sad) lines with jazz harmony and it catches the ear immediately.
The 4th melody, A Dream I Had About You is beautiful and catchy to my ears. the melodic lines are nice and have cool rhythmic ideas by the bass.
The 5the melody, Hasin' have some lines that reminds Israeli folk music (and the drums helps getting it) but the harmony is far from the middle east.
The 6th melody, Blue Nights starts with Tabla (Indian drums) the sax plays the melody which is kinda catchy to the ear. i love the bass line here
because it works out great for the melody and the drums+bass do a great rhythm section work.
The 7th melody, In Motion-Now is a down tempo nice melody with intro by the organ and drums. the saxes plays the melody wonderful and the rockish slow atmosphere is just amazing and leading to another part of the melody. alto and tenor sounds great together also when playing unison. this tune goes wild later on with avantgardish shouts of both saxes. so cool.
The 8th melody, Parts Come Together starts with cool atmosphere made by the bass, percussions+flute and sax. the melody by both instruments, each have line and the other answers, really nice built of the melody and nice development to B part or so. the drums play like a slow rock ballad. no solos at all....interesting concept :-)
so i listened to those melodies a few times and later on i listened to full tracks.
Ayal is a good composer and arranger and his music communicates with the listener.
the musicians playing very well (rhythm section and solos) and it is a very nice debut album.
Recommended listening at Bandcamp (support the musicians and buy the album....)