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  • Audio CD (8 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Alt Music
  • ASIN: B000VT2MW4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Autumn In BaghdadGilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble 6:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Spring In New YorkGilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble 7:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. In The Small HoursGilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble 5:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. The Burning BushGilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble12:57Album Only
  5. Her SmileGilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Her TearsGilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble 5:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. My RefugeGilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Just Another Prayer For PeaceGilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble10:38Album Only

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Refuge is the latest album from renowned world-bop saxophonist, composer and band leader Gilad Atzmon. Drawing on jazz, electronica, Arabic music and the urban sounds of the 21st century it s a potent brew taking the listener to a space beyonds words. Arguably Atzmon s most powerful album it is less overtly political than 2005 s musiK or his recent Artie Fishel project, but like 2003 s Exile still packs an explosive punch. Shifting seamlessly from beautiful jazz-noir and catchy world gooves to hard-blowing heavy metal bebop, Refuge offers music for the heart, soul and head. It also marks the return of Atzmon s Orient House Ensemble featuring long term partners Frank Harrison piano, keys and electronics, Yaron Stavi double and electric bass, Asaf Sirkis drums and Atzmon himself on saxophones and electronics. The band s genuine empathy and powerful interplay allows them to explore new structures as well as play Atzmon s expressive music with the intensity and verve which is at the heart of the best jazz. Hard-hitting but deeply thoughtful, this is the sound of a band running headlong into the future.

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Eight years and five albums into their relationship, the Orient House Ensemble have survived the honeymoon period, introduced each other to their friends (on musiK), and had a bit on the side (with Artie Fishel). Now they're keeping things fresh by experimenting with electronica.

The architect of Refuge, saxman Gilad Atzmon, starts by building 'Autumn In Baghdad' on the foundations of the standard 'Autumn In New York'. This Baghdad's an introspective place where his full-bodied alto soars to an urgent wail and dies away to a whimper over Frank Harrison's tender piano. It gets shouldered aside, though, by the rocky bombast of 'Spring In New York', with its electronic farmyard of moos and squawks. On both of these tracks, drummer Asaf Sirkis is a delight - covering all the percussive bases: from the most delicate thrumming on a cymbal to kit-busting pyrotechnics.

Despite his formidable sax technique, Gilad resists technical excesses on Refuge and lets the dynamics speak for themselves. 'In The Small Hours' sees burning flurries of notes tempered by Yaron Stavi's lush bowed bass and a beautifully understated keyboard solo from Frank. Arabic melodies sit comfortably with Western harmonies and seriousness explodes into hilarity as the Middle Eastern grooves of 'My Refuge' burst into a Latin fiesta (with a cameo from Paul Jayasinha on trumpet and great dance beats from Asaf).

So to the electronica! What can it add to the four eloquent voices of the Orient House Ensemble? Where Artie Fishel And The Promised Band splattered fuzzy groans, wails and pseudo radio transmissions across everything, Refuge is more restrained. The spectre of Atzmon's evil clone, Artie, still haunts 'The Burning Bush' with its muffled static and drum 'n' crowd noise, but elsewhere electronic chatterings and caveman groans are more tightly woven into the mix, to add texture and unsettle. The effect is that the unadorned ballads become all the more poignant - listen to the aching simplicity of 'Just Another Prayer For Peace'.

It's not where you take things from that matters, but where you take them to, and the OHE is finding its voice in an increasingly subtle blend of East and West, that's brutal and beautiful. --Kathryn Shackleton

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alan Cross on 19 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Saxophonist Gilad Atzmon is one of the treasures of the UK jazz scene, he tours the nations jazz clubs with remarkable energy, always providing a great live show and he is a promoters dream to book.

He has also clocked up an impressive catalogue of studio recordings and this latest, Refuge, is as one would expect - a very high quality album full of interest and reflection with a distinctive sound which will haunt and entertain with equal measure.

The opening tracks of Autumn in Baghdad and Spring in New York reflect the passion of the bandleader whose Middle Eastern heritage and despair at the course of history is central to his music and life

The band Orient House is as ever full of rich and unique support for the main man providing a rich and at times funky arabic influenced tapestry yet never straying too far from the jazz format.

Gilad Atzmon is a great musician, go and see him live, buy his albums and enjoy a unique talent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Start on 2 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
The writing, arrangements and performances are exemplary, each title easily stands on its own, but sequenced as is, produces an overwhelming effect which astounds the listener for the duration of the programme. The arrangements enable the solos to sound perfectly in keeping, but permit an intensity and spontaneity, reaching the heights to float above. At the same time the accompanying musicians always show a similar intense involvement, always playing in complete accord with the soloist.
All in all, I have found it difficult to find a "jazz" work to compare with "Refuge". I have never been overly fond of "A Love Supreme", but I am sure that a selection of Coltrane's quartet recordings of the time could be assembled to compete with "Refuge", but perhaps without the unity of purpose. Mingus' "Black Saint and the Sinner Lady" comes to mind, and dare I say Henri Texier's (V)ivre is in the listing but a fair way back......
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