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Transformation [Import]

Tal WilkenfeldAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 14, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ais
  • ASIN: B000UZ4GOQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Aussie born bassist Tal Wilkenfeld moved to the USA five years ago, and has since played with such luminary musicians as Jeff `Tain' Watts, Mike and Leni Stern, Marcus Miller, Susan Tedeschi and Richard Bona. On this 2008 debut, Tal offers you seven intricate and original Jazz fusion tracks with Wayne Krantz on guitar, Keith Carlock on drums, Geoffrey Keezer on Piano, and Seamus Blake on tenor sax.

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great first album December 31, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Many of us first saw Ms. "W" on the Eric Clapton "Crossroads" broadcast on PBS and were amazed by her bass playing with Jeff Beck. Her first solo CD shows that she is even better than her performance with Beck. Her songwriting abilities are commensurate with her bass playing. She is surrounded with great players. The joy she showed on the Crossroads performace is evident here...this young lady truly feels the joy of music and is gifted...a strong recommendation if you enjoy jazz/rock.
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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars curb your enthusiasm October 28, 2009
By G.F.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've played bass guitar all of my life and after seeing the Jeff Beck dvd,"Live at Ronnie Scott's", I went online to learn more about his bassist Tal Wilkenfeld. (I was playing in a band that covered some of the tunes from BeckBogartandAppice when that was released long ago, so I have an appreciation for high level technicians on guitar and bass.) When I discovered Tal's cd,"Transformation", I enthusiastically bought it. She is a marvelous bassist and surrounds herself with a talented ensemble, and the work is technically impressive, BUT the cd as a whole lacks the passion that is so prevalent in her performance with Beck. "Live at Ronnie Scott's" had me on the edge of my seat listening with hunger and anticipation while "Transformation" makes for good background music, at least it becomes background music to me because it doesn't captivate me. The passion and emotion in Beck's performance is lacking in Tal's solo project. I lent it to the fellow who lent me Beck's dvd and he had the same impression.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked-good fusion--no doubt about it!! February 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Wow!!

I like probably most of you first said, "who's that great teenage bassist?" when watching the Clapton Crossroads special. I then investigated, checked out MySpace etc., and found out that she's an Aussie fusion player in her mid-twenties!
After hearing the 2 song snippets on her page, I was pretty sure I'd dig the CD and I was right. It's intricate, very composed fusion--Tal has spun a few Chick Corea records in her time on the planet, among others. Multiple different sections to each song--it keeps my ears attuned for sure.
If you like Chick Corea or The Dave Weckl Band or the 1980's John Scofield Band or Pat Metheny Group or the likes, get this CD. You won't be disappointed.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Crusing Music! December 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Well, Tal's CD passed the cruising up PCH from San Clemente to Huntington Beach near sunset test. Very tasteful music evocative of the beauty that is the SoCal coastline, especially "Truth Be Told." I doubt she was necessarily thinking of SoCal while writing and recording this CD, but none the less, it sure seems to capture that mood/feeling. To be only 21 and that talented, it's almost criminal. I bet we will see many great things from this young lady in the years to come.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant & Sensitive Playing September 6, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Won't bother echoing what all of the reviewers have said on here...but this is really a fantastic debut record from someone I think has the potential to be one of the best bass players ever.

The songwriting, musicality of the arrangements, solos by Tal and the band, and recording quality are over the top.

Truth Be Told is my favorite--so brilliantly understated and sensitive. I'm a pianist so it's hard not to notice Geoff's superb fills and solo on this track, but Tal's gorgeous solo at 2:52 just sings so damn sweetly.

I anxiously await the sophomore effort (and all of the ones after that).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bass players open your eyes! September 3, 2008
Format:Audio CD
When I first saw this 21 year old woman playing bass with Jeff Beck, I was
takin back.Something fresh,something that is alive not comercialized
like the rest of these "bass gods". Once I heard the U Tube "once we were
lovers" I had to get this album. Its amazing you go to her site and it almost says she has been playing bass a few short months. Now she played
with almost everybody that there is great, Corea, Clapton,Jeff Beck,
Wayne Shorter. The solo cd is delightful. Again fresh ideas. One the first tune,Tal rips "a new one" on a great bass solo. The rest of the Cd is good,but I was really waiting for more solos from the gifted,talented
bassit. My hat is off to you my dear. As they say "YOU ROCK". Its so
nice to hear moving passive bass lines,instead of this BS technical
bass playing. Her playing is very free flowing. So when you get this CD,
listening how she adds color to a fantastic tight bass lines,she is right there with the drummer.Does not miss a beat. This does remind of listen to Jaco. But of course no one can ever do what Jaco did,but he was a free
flowing bass engineer. Buy this album and wish Tal all the best for continued success and more solo albums. Thank you Tal for that much awaited breath of fresh air. Bass players heed my call to something different! Its about time!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHE MAKES IT LOOK SO EASY ! June 24, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I FIRST HEARD THE YOUNG LADY PERFORMING WITH JEFF BECK AT THE CROSSROADS FESTIVAL............I IMMEDIATELY HAD TO KNOW WHO SHE WAS.........WHAT A TALENT.........I HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE TO SEE JACO TWICE IN CONCERT.......FOR SOME FOLKS THE ELECTRIC BASS COMES SO NATURALLY......I AM PLEASED THAT SHE IS JOINED BY WAYNE KRANTZ [ ONE OF MY FAVORITES ] , KEITH CARLOCK [ A FREQUENT KRANTZ COLLABORATOR ] AND A SAX PLAYER AND KEYBOARD PLAYER I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH........I HAD TROUBLE FINDING THIS CD , BUT WHEN IT ARRIVED YESTERDAY , I PLAYED IT THREE TIMES IN SUCCESSION , THEN LATER IN MY CAR.......JUDGING BY HER EFFORTS HERE , THERE IS HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF JAZZ............. !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply outstanding
So young so energetic and so electrically charged. I said this about John Mayer when his first album came out. I forecast the same for your young voracious musical genius. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sudip
4.0 out of 5 stars Reall good cd
If you Love the Blues. You will love this cd. Shes a great vocal and Bass Player. Enjoy every song.
Published 6 months ago by Tammy Penko
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good album
Saw this gal play with Jeff Beck, just pleasure to hear her doing her own thing. Really good album. Hope you like jazz fusion.
Published 8 months ago by Kennseals
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and impressive
Pleasingly musical Fusion Jazz to my ears, this work exhibits plenty of Jazz melody and harmony presented in interesting rhythmic figures, saddled upon poppin' Jazz/Rock "Fusion"... Read more
Published 8 months ago by J.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars First Lady of Bass
I was really suprised the first time I heard Tal with Jeff Beck. Was hooked every since. She is the master of funk/slap/pop bass style. You will enjoy this album often.
Published 14 months ago by Zeke Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Great recording! Tal is an amazing bass player for her age! Can't wait to hear more. Her DVD with Jeff Beck was super.
Published 17 months ago by J. Raymond Bauss
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a pretty face
The gal can play! She's listened to Jaco for sure and likes to make beautiful sounds as he did. This cd greatly exceeded my expectations.
Published 17 months ago by Mark F. Fogarty
4.0 out of 5 stars Talent and Youth - lucky lady
I first met Tal Wilkenfeld through her work with Jeff Beck. First of all, working with a legend who does things with guitars that guitars are not supposed to do, must have been an... Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. A. Player- Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Pricey but worth it
I think this CD was a little pricey, especially since I think this was her breakout solo CD. I think if the price was lowered, it would sell better. Read more
Published 19 months ago by BluesLady
5.0 out of 5 stars Tal Renews My Passion For Music
When I first heard the album, I wasn't overwhelmed by the music other than Tal's playing. But the more I listen to this, the more I like it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Allan T. Funk
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