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Gilad Atzmon Presents Artie Fishel and the Promised Band [CD]

Gilad Atzmon Audio CD
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The Tide has Changed,

The Orient House Ensemble’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Gilad Atzmon formed The Orient House Ensemble (OHE) in London in 2000. The quartet was named in honor of the national headquarters of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem.

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  • Audio CD (16 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Weapons of Mass D
  • ASIN: B000HXDHP0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,977 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Anarchic, subversive and deeply hilarious Artie Fishel (aka Gilad Atzmon) is a brilliant but mad saxophonist who is convinced that jazz was born in the ghettos of Eastern Europe and is determined to bring it back home. Expect twisted versions of the Great American Songbook, messed up Klezmer, funky grooves and burning bop as Artie and band take you on a journey through his madcap musical world.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Seriously funny 24 Oct 2006
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There's a bit in one of John Coltrane's many live improvisations on "My Favourite Things" where he alternates between a high register squeal and a bass honk, switching between the two extremes and progressively speeding up the repetition till it reaches the point where it sounds like two saxes playing simultaneously. Gilad Atzmon could probably do the same thing (he has the technique to do pretty much whatever he wants), but what he also does is pull off the same trick with broad humour and high seriousness. This album is a perfect case in point.

It's fair to say that with every album he's been moving a bit further away from what most people would define as jazz (in fact he probably doesn't recognise the definition) and this is further out still. Musically, it's very diverse, ranging from the lo-fi R & B of "Watermelon Man" (re-titled "What a Mellow Goy") to Dvorak's New world Symphony, taking in jazz standards, Coltrane, messed up klezmer and all sorts of other stuff, but it's joined together with spoken interludes, mock interviews, "found" sounds and spoof radio programmes, all based on the overall concept of the eponymous Artie, whose perverse mission is to reclaim jazz as "the music of the Jewish people", born in the ghettos of eastern Europe.

It's all heavily ironic and dotted with in jokes and some truly terrible puns ("A Knight into Nietzsche", anyone?). I listened to an advance copy with my son, who's into hard-core punk, and we both literally had tears of laughter running down our cheeks. It's quite outrageous and will upset a few people who are disposed to be (and so deserve to be) upset.
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