SoulPatch Music Productions is proud to represent legendary bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator Chuck Israels.
Revered as one of the best bassists in the world, Mr Israels has performed and recorded with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Bud Powell, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, J.J. Johnson, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and countless others.
Here's what others are saying about Chuck Israels...
"This is a big band with an approach that differs from other large organizations, new and old... Israels' charts are the heart of his band's unique personality. It is definitely not a band that clubs you into submission. It is mellow, subtle, highly melodic, with lines that move in wondrous ways.
This is not to say that the band deos not swing or that it does not reach peaks that excite the audience. Its long suit, however, is the coloration and emotional depth it achieves through the voicings and judicious use of solo space.. Israels has fashioned an orchestra that flows in beautirul channels, and beauty is something jazz can use these days.
This is a band to check out. The originals are original, the standards are freshly reworked, and they are played with passion and understanding. The pulse, never bombastic, moves the listener as surely as it moves the band. Israels deserves a lot of credit, but more importantly, the opportunity to be widely heard."
Ira Gitler, Down Beat
“...a fine musician who combines originality with the finest bass sound this side of Chaliapin.”
Eric Salzman, New York Herald Tribune
“He (Bill EVans) was frequently overshadowed by the forthright solo work of his bassist, Chuck Israels, who produced a rich tone and gave his solos firm, explicit form.”
John S. Wilson, New York Times
“Chuck Israels is supple and alert, and his solos are the most impressive he has yet recorded.”
Nat Hentoff, Jazz Review
“He is in the company of the most stimulating writers of the day.”
Doug Ramsey, JazzTimes
“One of best bassists on the face of the earth. Not too many like him”
Dr. Barry Harris
“… a musician to the ends of his fingertips”
Jazz Magazine, Paris