Shai Maestro Trio – Live At Moods – What A Night

Shai Maestro

I’ve been a fan of Shai Maestro since his very first solo album, see also this very early blog post of mine: This Avishai Cohen Alumni Will Go Places. I even put his debut album in My 25 Essential Jazz albums.

His most recent album I had more trouble with, most likely I just didn’t get it.

But when I saw he was playing again at Moods in Zurich (exactly 2 years after his first concert there, which I also saw), and I happened to be in town, I knew I had to see him.

And I’m extremely glad I did.

Shai Maestro Trio – Live At Moods Zürich – March 17, 2017


The concert was obviously mainly focused on his latest album, the Stone Skipper.

And as much as I didn’t get it when listening to the album, everything became extremely clear when listening to it live.

Shai Maestro during the concert mentioned that they don’t have a set playlist. They just have a common list of songs, but basically are guided by the mood of the evening.

Shai Maestro on piano live at Moods March 17, 2017 (c) Musicophile
Shai Maestro

I guess the mood at Moods must have been good, because we got an amazing performance.

What sets this trio, that includes Jorge Roeder on bass, and Ziv Ravitz on drums, apart, is how much complexity they can blend into something that sounds so effortless.

Most jazz consists of simple 4/4 rythms. Not so here, the rythmic complexities that Ravitz pulls off and that his colleagues are following so easily, are so impressive, that when occasionally he switches to a regular 4/4 beat people start laughing because it sounds so simple in comparison.

Jorge Roeger with Shai Maestro Live at Moods March 17 2017 (c) Musicophile
Jorge Roeder

Same goes fro the melodic complexities of Maestro. But unlike with some Jazz musicians, complexity is never a self-serving intellectual exercise, but always serves the mood of the piece, and is actually quite accessible even to non Jazz musicians.

Jorge Roeder, as a typical bass player, never puts himself at the forefront, but what an artist he is as well. The synergy between these three outstanding musicians it amazing.

Ziv Ravitz with Shai Maestro Live At Moods Mar 17 2017 (c) Musicophile
Ziv Ravitz


Maestro probably will never play standards (he jokingly said “I won’t play Autumn Leaves”), but this trio really creates their very own world, and a world you don’t want to leave again.

The audience agreed, and got the band to play 3 encores, and probably would have stayed for another 5 if possible.

So if you love Jazz, or even if you don’t, check out his website and his tour calendar, and do yourself a favor of experiencing this trio live.

I’ve been to many concerts in my life, this was one of the most memorable experiences I had.

Sorry for the many superlatives in this review, but I was simply blown away.

My rating: 5 stars

Author: Musicophile

I'm not a professional musician, I don't work in the music industry, I'm just what the name says, somebody who loves music. I've been in love with music for all of my life, took piano lessons for nearly 10 years, and played in several amateur Jazz groups. I go to concerts, both classical and Jazz, quite regularly. And I collect music previously on vinyl and CDs, now on my computer, and am slightly OCD on my music collection. You can reach me at Musicophile1(AT)

6 thoughts on “Shai Maestro Trio – Live At Moods – What A Night”

  1. Very cool that you got a chance to see him live! Color me all shades of jealous. It sounds like Stone Skipper comes alive in person, would certainly be interested in your revisit of the studio album after hearing the material live. Unfortunately on my side of the Atlantic it is still an import.

    Many thanks for pointing me towards the Paavo Jarvi, watching the video series now. I love to hear him talk about the technique and approach.

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    1. It’s very interesting to see that Maestro seems to be touring much more this side of the Atlantic than in the US. He only seems to be doing concerts in his current home town, New York, but I haven’t seen him tour the US.

      And yes, the Paavo Järvi video series is worth watching. It is impressive how much Järvi was able to pull out of the Kammerphilharmonie, which really wasn’t a world class orchestra at the beginning.


  2. I’m only 2 hrs. from NYC .. perhaps one day I have a chance to see him live. Like George, I’m jealous as well. Always an enjoyable read Musicophile. Thank you.


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