A DOUBLE ORDER OF EXUBERANCE: MICHAEL HASHIM / EHUD ASHERIE at MEZZROW (May 17, 2016)

Michael Hashim, June 2016

Michael Hashim, June 2016.  Photograph by Tara O’Grady.

About three weeks ago, singer Barbara Rosene and pianist Ehud Asherie delighted us with an evening of music at Mezzrow; early on they were joined by the reed wizard Michael Hashim.  I have become used to hear Michael doubling on alto and soprano saxophones — our mutually pleasing acquaintanceship goes back to very late 2004 or early 2005.  But that night, coming from a gig playing for NYU graduation ceremonies, he brought his tenor saxophone along.  If you’ve never met Michael, he is an absolute virtuoso (and someone deeply interested in a scholarly way in many artistic endeavors that don’t have reeds in them).

HASHIM tenor

Ehud Asherie is simply one of the finest pianists of this or any other jazz era, as a soloist or a wonderfully subtle accompanist.  But I think this is the first opportunity I’ve had to observe and record Ehud and Michael as a duo.  And the results, although too brief, are spectacular.

Ehud portrait

A dazzling CHINATOWN, MY CHINATOWN:

And a campanologist’s delight, RING DEM BELLS:

Thank you, Michael and Ehud.  Give this duo a gig!  A CD!  A weekly gig . . . !

May your happiness increase!

5 responses to “A DOUBLE ORDER OF EXUBERANCE: MICHAEL HASHIM / EHUD ASHERIE at MEZZROW (May 17, 2016)

  1. Thanks for this Michael! Really appreciate the time, taste, and energy you’re spending documenting all these musical happenings.

  2. You get thanked first! Without people like you, I’d be aiming my camera at sparrows — estimable but not terribly good at lyrical swing.

  3. Don "Zoot" Conner

    What a wonderful duo.I ran of adjectives to describe these two virtuosos,I agree with,Michael they should have their own CD and a lot of gigs together,as well.Simply marvelous!

  4. I agree with all of the above! They are great, and so is the fella that did the wonderful post. Thank you so much, NM.

  5. Don "Zoot" Conner

    This my fourth listening to this two wonderful cats and they sound better each time.I know Ehud plays a lot and in many venues,but Michael is harder to find and more’s the pity,his swinging and love of the music is a thing of beauty.Thank’s again Michael,any more in the can?

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