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Gilad Atzmon Presents: Artie Fishel & the Promised Band
 
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Gilad Atzmon Presents: Artie Fishel & the Promised Band

30 Nov 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 27 Nov 2003
  • Label: ENJA RECORDS Matthias Winckelmann
  • Copyright: 2003 ENJA RECORDS Matthias Winkelmann GmbH
  • Total Length: 47:22
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  • ASIN: B002S465VO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Baxter on 24 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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