Down Beat - p.704 stars out of 5
-- "Knotty and fierce one moment, breezy and genial the next, Avital's tunes offer vista after vista."
JazzTimes - p.70
"Avital's music incorporates blowing into detailed designs, wherein any counterpoint might suddenly whisper in behind a shrieking soloist. The rewards are in the complex relationships between form and freedom."
Omer Avital: Omer Avital (double bass); Mark Turner , Charles Owens (tenor saxophone); Gregory Tardy, Ali Muhammed Jackson , Myron Walden.
Personnel: Gregory Tardy (flute, tenor saxophone); Myron Walden (alto saxophone); Charles Owens II (tenor saxophone); Ali Muhammed Jackson (drums).
Liner Note Author: Luke Kaven.
Recording information: Smalls, New York, NY (04/18/1996).
Bassist and composer Omer Avital assembled an especially intriguing line-up for ASKING NO PERMISSION, a live date recorded at New York City's famed jazz club Small's. The sextet features four saxophonists, creating an expansive, careening sound and plenty of options for soloing. Ironically, Avital's bass is still featured prominently, as is his songwriting (six of the album's seven cuts are his). ASKING NO PERMISSION is entrenched in bop and post-bop idioms, but the sensibility driving it is relentlessly fresh and contemporary.