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The Tide Has Changed [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.

In the last decade Gilad Atzmon and the OHE have toured consistently across Europe and the UK, recorded six albums, won ... Read more in Amazon's Gilad Atzmon Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: World Village
  • ASIN: B003ZWF33Y
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,107 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dry fear 2.12
2. The tide has changed 11.10
3. And so have we 5.07
4. Bolero at sunrise 8.49
5. London to Gaza 9.45
6. We lament 5.56
7. In the back seat of a yellow cab 5.42
8. All the way to Montenegro 4.58
9. We laugh 1.41

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BBC Review

Celebrating ten years of silliness, serious messages and stunning music-making, sax man Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble present their seventh album, The Tide Has Changed.

Gilad’s Blockhead colleague Derek Hussey introduces the band against raucous cabaret antics in Dry Fear, which leads into a moody and mesmerising title-track. The image of a shimmering desert rises out of strummed piano strings and Gilad’s altissimo sax notes resolve into fast bebop lines, with his wife Tali’s airy vocals opening up a new astral sound for the band.

Individual voices have always been at the heart of the OHE and pianist Frank Harrison’s quiet introspection continues to hold its own here against Gilad’s boisterous bluster. Frank plays his raindrop-piano lines against the wails from Gilad’s sax and creates something sublime. In London to Gaza the piano is a fragile beauty that gathers so much momentum that Gilad has to play as if his life depends on it.

Young Lions drummer Eddie Hick has a tough challenge to replace master percussionist Asaf Sirkis on this album, but measures up well, playing with power and sensitivity. His military rolls are poignantly matched against Gilad’s woody clarinet and Yaron Stavi’s sweet-sounding bass on And So Have We.

Orchestrating all of this, Gilad continues to nurture the memory of Bird in one breath and be cheekily disruptive in the next. All the Way to Montenegro features the distorted radio sounds used in previous albums, but this time they’re more amusing than disquieting.

The Tide Has Changed sounds like Charlie Parker playing Arabic funk in a Weimar cabaret, egged on by The Blockheads. Roll on the next ten years.

--Kathryn Shackleton

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Saxophonist, composer, polemicist and wit Gilad Atzmon is currently celebrating 10 years with his eloquently entertaining world-jazz group, the Orient House Ensemble, and The Tide Has Changed seems to represent a mature yet still eager reflection on the story so far. It's a typically riotous mix of oompah music-hall cavortings, slurred-pitch Middle Eastern rhapsodising, luxuriously sensuous clarinet love-songs, and stormy collective blasts reminiscent of the 1960s John Coltrane quartet. The initially dolorous microtonal opening of the title track over Frank Harrison's strummed piano strings turns into an uptempo section of barked staccato sounds and swerving runs uncircled by Tali Atzmon's vocals, while Bolero at Sunrise for Atzmon's keening soprano sax is exactly what its title describes, and In the Back Seat of a Yellow Cab splices the versatile leader's accordion and bluesy alto sax with vocal clamours like a crowded party or the squawks of a channel-hopping radio. Atzmon's albums never quite catch the amiable ferocity of his live shows, but this one certainly expresses the Orient House motto: Relentlessly, we remind ourselves why we decided to make music in the first place. FOUR STARS --Guardian

The Israeli-born multi-instrumentalist marks a decade leading the Orient House Ensemble with this powerful blend of Middle Eastern cadences and unfettered jazz. The agitational spirit is undimmed, but a pensive undertow implies that the tide hasn't neccessarily changed for the better. Atzmon delivers time-bending alto-sax virtuosity on the title track, the introduction is dark-hued burlesque and there is a village dance finale. FOUR STARS --Financial Times

It s a typically riotous mix of oompah music-hall cavortings, slurred-pitch Middle Eastern rhapsodising, luxuriously sensuous clarinet love-songs, and stormy collective blasts reminiscent of the 1960s John Coltrane quartet. **** --John Fordham, Guardian

Where does Gilad Atzmon find the time?...This month he s behind the dreamlike Robert Wyatt collaboration For The Ghost Within and this blistering, beautiful set...a multicultural balm of Gilad to soothe all aching souls. --Andrew Male, MOJO

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten years' worth of wonderful musiK 5 Oct 2010
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If you're a long-time OHE fan, you might be a bit alarmed by the title track and the one that follows: "And So Have We". No need. If anything, this latest album seems to me almost a summary of all that's gone before. It's by way of being a tenth anniversary celebration and nearly all the styles and genres previously explored are present and correct. Middle-eastern inflections? Check. Coltrane-like maelstrom? Check. Tongue-in-cheek cheesy vaudeville and Weimar Republic cabaret? Check. Cheeky de-constructions of well-known tunes? Eastern European gypsy workouts? Check. And so on and so on (there are several more styles but I wouldn't want to bore you).

What Gilad and the band seem to have managed is to blend all these into a (nearly) coherent style that is all their own and instantly recognisable. It's passionate, funny, exciting and moving, often all at the same time. Even the one personnel change (drummer Eddie Hick replaces the great Asaf Sirkis) is pretty seamless: whether it's controlled funeral march tattoos or Elvin Jones-like polyrhythms, he handles everything with aplomb. The contributions of Gilad's other two long-time collaborators, meanwhile, are typically robust, imaginative and sympathetic.

In short, whether you're a confirmed follower of this wonderful band (and despite the leader's potentially overwhelming presence, this is definitely a band) or you've found your way here by a circuitous route and you're looking for a way in - my message to you would be: buy with confidence. Better still, get the album, then go and see them live - at the time of writing they're embarking on a big anniversary tour of the UK and Europe so chances are they'll be coming to somewhere near you. In my experience, their live performances are always even better than the recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orient House Ensemble 8 Oct 2010
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to those listeners who are a bit resistant to Gilad's Orient House Ensemble I suggest you work at it a bit, because this CD is a wonder from start to finish, and possibly the most profound and beautiful album in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gilad's best yet! 9 Nov 2010
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Having been a long time fan of OHE and Gilad and followed him in person and on cd i must say this is his best work to date,all OHE cds are to be recommened including Gilads tribute to Charlie Parker (IN LOVING MEMORY OF AMERICA) this one has the brilliant string quartet Sigamos and moves me everytime i play it.THE TIDE HAS CHANGED as always reflects Gilads political feelings and is all the better for it!
Buy now and let this brilliant music move you to.
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1.0 out of 5 stars man without a country 3 Feb 2013
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it is no wonder gilad atzmon was kicked out of israel. im only sorry i wont be there to see the look on his face when the israeli army kills the gaza terrorists. gilad is not even a remotely good sax player. ive played 30 years and could play rings around this clown.
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