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Amos Hoffman

Tel Aviv based guitarist and oudist Amos Hoffman started playing guitar at the age of 6, and oud a few years later. He studied guitar privately, and attended the prestigious Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. His search for new musical experiences led him first to Amsterdam, and then to New York City, where he played jazz with both established musicians like Dennis Charles, Evelyn Blakey and Juma Santos and up and coming talents like Jason Lindler, Omer Avital, Sam Newsome, Jay Collins, bassist Avishai Cohen, Jorge Rossi and Duane Eubanks. He also began a more formal study of Middle Eastern music with Lebanese oud and ney player, Bassam Saba.

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“Hoffman brings special depth to his work that catches you off guard and trips you up every time you think you can out think him and know where he’s going next. A satisfying set that gives world jazz a new standard to live up to.”

Chris Spector - midwestrecord.com

Great program by Amos Hoffman and his band! How refreshing to hear someone who has captured the essence and mastery of the great ones. Masterful composing, arranging, and playing is not an easy task to pull off in one package, but it is so well executed here. Whether bop, blues, or ballads, Amos has captured in this recording what makes for great listening, for a long time to come! -Wycliffe Gordon

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