The Music Falters, Then Rallies, at the Red Sea Jazz Festival

Israel's Omri Mor suffered without Maurice El Mediouni, while Fred Hersch had to lean on Thelonious Monk. Only Omer Avital provided jazz at its best.

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“The last piece we played,” pianist Omri Mor said shortly after the show began — and then he stopped in his tracks. “The last piece I played,” he corrected himself, to the sound of laughter from the audience....