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5.0 out of 5 stars Around the World with Gilad and The Orient House Ensemble, 27 Jan 2013
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Jazz Fans I appeal to you all, if you have yet to travel the world according to Gilad Atzmon, I suggest you book your CD and sit back and be taken on a musical journey...

The Journey started off many years ago now, with his first album with the Orient House Ensemble, and many albums later he is still giving the listener music to fill your soul with joy, and sadness at the same time.

This album is full of the Classic Atzmon sounds that we as jazz fans have become to know and love. His use of Phrygian Modes I would have to say is the best controlled of any Sax Man on the Planet, and there are many to chose from. Gilad for me is up with the greats in the world of Jazz and I have seen a few. The likes of Courtney Pine at full flow, Tommy Smith at his majestic best, and I would also rate Gilad in the same sphere as Coltrane for the amount of passion you get in his playing.

For me Gilad is one of those unique of Jazz Men that can also put humour in his playing, and it does not sound out of place with the serious Jazz on this, or any of his previous albums.

The Atmzon for me is one of the best out there, and I would suggest that you get to see him LIVE, as he is not only a great musician, but his concerts are famous for being funny with serious moments. And the warmth of the man and his band shine through, and it has been a pleasure to see him several times and witness greatness.

Please take my advice, buy this CD and then get the others.

Then go and see him LIVE!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A record that captures the spirit of cities worldwide, 1 Nov 2013
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Mete A. Sozen (Dogan bey Turkey) - See all my reviews
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I loved the music because the arrangements were original and well chosen. They brought back memories of Paris, Buenos Aires, Vienna,, NYC, Moscow, and Berlin.
the instrumental performances i found professional and delightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From strength to strength, 18 Jun 2013
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Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble improve with every album and this is their best. Great tunes particularly Scarborough which 'live' is a real tour de force.There is not one bad tune on the whole album. Constantly touring so there is no excuse not to see them in concert.
What can I say. I love this album Five stars with no question.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply sublime!, 16 Mar 2014
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Carl Freeman (Worcester - UK) - See all my reviews
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As a relative latecomer to jazz, I have only begun to appreciate this form of music in recent years, and I had already acquired a three of Gilad Atzmon albums (including the rich musical collaboration with Robert Wyatt and Ros Stephen, For the Ghosts Within) before I ordered this one. Knowing some of his back catalogue, I anticipated that this would also be "rather good". Rather good is of course a complete understatement. The compositions on this album are all sublime with the culture essence of the various locations featured on the album exuding from every note and the musicianship throughout is first class. As others have already commented, there is no padding on this album. Every track is a gem.

I guess my personal favourite has to be Scarborough. That classic English folk tune which until now, I could not have imagined being improved upon any more than when it was recorded by Simon and Garfunkel. My opinion has now changed. Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble have created a stunning interpretation of the piece which again, as another reviewer has indicted, is even better live. It has early quiet moments evoking a dreamy English idyll but then builds up into a soaring tour de force of frenetic energy before finally returning to a state of serenity.

Moscow, as one might imagine is a serious and sombre composition, and Paris is full of romance and that certain je ne sais quoi. Berlin transports the listener to a lively bier-keller where the cabaret is in full swing and the mood....jovial. Tel Aviv and Buenos Aires...well they are hot as you might imagine with the South American capital offering more than a passing nod to Gershwin's Summertime and I am sure that George would have been flattered.

This is a sublime album and definitely worth splashing out on. But don't just listen to the studio tracks. Check the live music listings and look out for the Orient House Ensemble. I have had the great privilege recently of seeing the numbers on this album played live twice within the space of a week (once in London and again in Warwick) and I can assure you from personal experience, you will not regret going along yourself. Gilad Atzmon is a highly gifted musician playing with an extraordinarily talented band and his stories and jokes are not bad either!

In summary - buy the album, go see the band play live and then thank me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still amazing, 6 Nov 2013
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Scott (Aberdeen, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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An amazing blend of sounds taking us on a trip around the world. If you like Atzmon you'll love this, if you've not heard of him try him, you're in for a treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atzmon does it again, 13 April 2013
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Diverse, entertaining and emotional. not since his "with strings" venture has Gilad Atzmon been on such form. Get it now!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gilad Atzmon is one of the most important and thoughtful Jazz musicians in the UK, 30 Mar 2013
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This album is a great addition to the Gilad Atzmon catalogue, it is thoughtful and provocative but always his humour and energy flow through it.
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