"...pure manic discovery"
Modern Drummer magazine reviewed Dor Herskovits's Flying Elephants as part of their April 2020 drummer-led album round up. Read the original review here (full text below).
Critique: New Releases by Charles Lloyd Quartet, Antoine Fafard, Dor Herskovitz, and More.
Review by Keaton Lamle
Modern Drummer, April 2020
Dor Herskovits Flying Elephants
The Israeli drummer and bandleader twists jazz into a variety of strange shapes.
Raised in Israel and based out of Boston, drummer and composer Dor Herskovits takes listeners on an intentionally disorienting journey through various forms of jazz and rock on his quintet’s latest release. Despite a tendency to return to Herskovits’s sizzling swing work on the ride cymbal, many of the songs in this set take detours through progressive rock (“Magenta”) and cinematic score territory. On “Recursion,” Herskovits builds a satisfying solo from the ground up by alternating triplet patterns around different parts of the kit, including rims, bells, and a host of found objects, all before leading the quintet back into a series of slick jazz accents. While much of the material contains sections of pure manic discovery, expertly drawn ballads like “New Fashioned” give listeners plenty of space to catch their breath, while the title track melds funky snare fills and reggae hi-hat stutters into an irresistible half-time groove.