Mojave (Motema 2011)
Nilson Matta & Roni Ben-Hur
Roni Ben-Hur - guitar
Nilson Matta - bass
Victor Lewis - drums
Café - percussion
4. Samba Do Veloso
8. Canal St.
9. P.D. on Great Jones Street
10. The Look of Love
12. 3 Express
Press on "Mojave"
"Ben-Hur’s tone clear and his solos crisp and sweet... highly likable meet-up of four versatile and capable musicians."
– Jeff Tamarkin, Jazz Times
"The partnership of seasoned Brazilian bassist Nilson Matta and the equally accomplished guitarist Roni Ben-Hur proves to be a particularly effective one. What makes Mojave charmingly different and much more than a typical “jazz meets bossa” session, however, is the choice of repertoire. The set consciously avoids the conventional and in the process delivers a program that’s refreshingly engaging. The session’s mood is one of restrained virtuosity, and it serves this eclectic and largely underexposed program very well."
– Marl Holston, Jazziz
"An exceptional collaboration that has produced some exceptional music. Ben-Hur plays this music in a fluid, laid-back style, but always with an intensity that brings passion without resorting to lengthy runs or unnecessary flourishes. He makes each note count."
– Straight No Chaser
"Ben-Hur's fluid guitar and Matta's inventive bass work their magic."
– Ken Dryden, All Music
"Mojave is magical from start to finish... the combination of Matta's samba and Ben-Hur's swing is a marriage made in heaven."
– Ron Netsky, The Rochester City Newspaper
"The foursome delivers the tremendously delightful, free-flowing, multi-tempo “Mojave” (Motéma). The dozen musical passages draw you in, one after another…“Mojave” will make you smile, start to finish."
– Jon Poses, Columbia Tribune
"Ben-Hur, a honey-toned guitarist, has a great feel for rhythm that matches his sensitivity to harmony. Mojave is prime relaxing Brazilian jazz without sacrificing any chops."
– S. Victor Aaron, Half Notes
"Bassist Nilson Matta and guitarist Roni Ben-Hur collaborate in a thoroughly enjoyable program… drummer Victor Lewis and percussionist Café adds spice to this appealing mix."
– Bob Bernotas, Just Jazz
"This player (Ben-Hur) has stroke and his effortless fretwork is something to behold. Mojave shines with the undeniable skill of Matta and the addictive energy of Ben-Hur… is a brilliant showcase for Ben-Hur and Matta."
– Jordan Richardson, Canadian Audiophile
"A burner that simmers nicely, this is a pure jazzbo set that is on the money throughout"
– Midwest Record
"The music is splendid" – Louisville Music News
"Anyone with an interest in Brazilian jazz music will find Mojave scintillatingly addictive."
– Matthew Forss, Inside World Music
"A luxurious mix of samba and be-bop... you won’t think anything’s going on until you discover you’ve been dancing around the living room for the better part of an hour!"