Albare & International Travel Diary (iTD)
ALBARE is the nom de guerre of Albert Dadon, a virtuoso jazz guitarist with a strong melodic sense and a wealth of global influences. Born in Morocco and raised in Israel and France, Albare first worked as a musician in Paris, before emigrating to Australia at the age of 27. Not only is he well known as a jazz musician but has maintained a highly successful career as he is one of Australia’s preeminent business entrepreneurs. He is undoubtedly a major force in Australian jazz, having directed the Melbourne Jazz Festival for many years and as chairman of the Australian Jazz Awards. In 2008 he received the Order of Australia for his service to the arts. He currently lives in Melbourne but travels the word constantly as part of his business, musical touring and philantropic activities.
Albare’s recording career began with a string of ‘acid jazz’ albums for Festival Records. Longing to return to his first love, instrumental jazz, Albare began recording and performing with his own band while simultaneously becoming a major force in Australia jazz in general. As director of the Melbourne Jazz Festival he presented great artists such as such as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Sonny Rollins and Gary Burton. He also founded the Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards during this time.
In January 2012 Albare recorded and released Long Way, Albare’s first album for the prestigious German jazz label Enja Records. Recorded in Brooklyn at Systems Sound, the album features triple GRAMMY® winner drummer Antonio Sanchez (Pat Metheny Group), saxophonist George Garzone (the Joe Lovano Nonet), pianist Leo Genovese (Esperanza Spalding), prolific harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens and Albare’s long time musical collaborator, bassist Evri (Evripedes Evripidou). Albare calls this super group iTD, or the International Travel Diary, reflecting their global backgrounds. In the fall and winter of 2012 Albare iTD toured the United States with stops in New York, Boston, Miami, Cleveland and Washington DC. During this time Long Way maintained its place on the national Jazz Week Chart for over twenty weeks!
And Albare? He sounds like a positive blend of the late Wes Montgomery and an early George Benson. Airy and light melodic improvisations and the themes reflect an inner harmony of boundless grace. Jazzpodium (Germany) Aug-Sept. 2012
In early 2013 Albare went back into the same Brooklyn studio to record The Road Ahead with his new line up. This ensemble has proved to be a great setting for Albare’s melodic playing while continuing the international cosmopolitan theme. The band features pianist Phil Turcio (also one of Australia’s premier pop record producers), Cuban bassist Yunior Terry and Venezuelan drummer Pablo Bencid. They combine the fresh excitement of Long Way with a more sophisticated and interactive feeling within the band.
One of the hallmarks of Albare’s playing is his beautiful guitar sound, which he personally developed with the help of independent Australian engineers and Gibson Guitars who has been endorsing Albare for over 20 years.
Most of Albare’s guitars are made in Gibson’s custom shop. His current touring guitar is a Les Paul Custom with a hollow body and a neck on the scale of a Super 400. The woods from this guitar, which was made 10 years ago, are no longer available. Other guitars used by Albare on stage include a Gibson L5 and a Takamine Concert Acoustic. Albare has a collection of 25+ guitars.
Albare uses custom preamps with analog valves on the input and output of the preamp. Any amp that Albare may use will be driven by these preamps and so his sound remains consistent in any environment.. For stage sound he has a stereo pair of minitors driven by his preamps. The house sound will always be served by a balanced output directly from his preamp, with all the effects and levels going straight into the mix with no EQ.
Effects and Pedals: Lexicon reverb on custom settings. A custom pitch shifter, a crybaby wha-wha, a custom volume pedal, a custom made overdrive and a Roland loop station. Amp: depending on the venue usually a stereo monitoring system driven by a 16,000 watts amp.