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Musik / Re-Arranging the 20th Century

Musik / Re-Arranging the 20th Century

24 Jan 2005
4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 24 Jan. 2005
  • Release Date: 7 Aug. 2007
  • Label: Tiptoe
  • Copyright: Enja Records Matthias Winckelmann
  • Total Length: 50:51
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  • ASIN: B002S9S3JG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,564 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Let's assume that you've at least heard of the Orient House Ensemble, and possibly seen them live so don't need to be told how amazing Gilad Atzmon is. If this isn't the case, as the old story of the Irish response to a request for directions says, "I wouldn't start from here". Try 'Nostalgico' first, then last year's "people's choice" for BBC jazz album of the year 'Exiles'. If you've heard the latter, what you'll probably want to know is how this compares. Well, it's pretty different, despite the obvious common thread of the basic personnel. The only track that would slot straight into the Arabic/Balkan flavour of 'Exiles' is 'Liberating the American People'. This aside, there's a much more composed and considered feel this album, with some of the tunes (eg the title track) verging on the classical. The album does have, though, a certain formal similarity with its predecessor. For example, it opens with the two vocal tracks that give it its underlying character. As a vocalist, Reem Kelani (who sang on Exiles) is a hard act to follow, but new boy Guillermo Rosenthuler from Buenos Aires acquits himself well on the beautiful 'Joven, Hermosa y Triste'. Personally, I'm still not completely convinced by the other vocal, 'Surfing', a self-consciously arty tune based around an Atzmon poem, but it's beginning to grow on me. The centrepiece, 'Re-arranging the 20th Century' is a tour de force featuring a witty spoken intro from Robert Wyatt before throwing the kitchen sink at the listener - Roll Out the Barrel, Mack the Knife, babies crying, sirens wailing, the lot. The tune that's been stuck in my head for 2 days now is Lili Marleen, a long time staple of the live set, done here in full with tongue in cheek and a knowing wink. The other stand-out for me is the tango track.Read more ›
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Gilad Atzmon certainly knows how to make his presence felt as well as heard, wherever he brings his politically-charged music. I recently heard him in Vilnius where he dedciated his piece, "Re-Arranging the 20th Century" to who he regarded as the axis of evil: Bush, Blair and Sharon, prompting a small delegation of diplomats to walk out of the concert hall. No matter, Atzmon said, leading the listener into a fascinating medley which included a gangster theme, polka, and a reworked version of "Mack the Knife," punctuated by a laughing sound Atzmon produced on his soprano sax, one of several reeds he played during the course of night. While Atzmon wears his politics on his sleeve, his music stands alone, culminating the evening with a melancholy ballad he dedicated to the survivors of Jenin.
"Musik" is his latest effort and once again he demonstrates his uncanny musical sensibilities and theatrical sense of the absurd by putting together an astonishing set of music that will at once thrill you and leave you asking for more. He combines accordian and violin with the standard jazz quartet. The Orient House Ensemble is a virtuoso combination of musicians, with Guillermo Rozenthuler and Tali Atzmon lending their voices to the group. In additon to "Re-arranging the 20th Century," you will find the amusing "Liberating the American People" and a wonderful accordian-based rendition of "Lili Marleen." Gilad Atzmon is an artist to be reckoned with, and even if you don't agree with his politics, you won't be disappointed with his music.
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I've followed the career of Gilad Atzmon since I saw him with Tim Richard's "Great Sprit" way back in the 1990s. Ex-Israeli Atzmon started the Orient House Ensemble around 2000, and although it has lost its name still comes together from time to time.(I saw them, that is Atzmon, Harris, Stavi and Sirkis just last weekend live playing a marvellous "Coltrane" gig). This is the fourth album, quite different from the first three, possibly the most pretentious.

In some ways the music of this augmented OHE is beyond category, a mixture of American/ Western European/ Eastern European/ Middle Eastern music....not jazz as conventionally defined....but it is, and does it matter?

I've owned this CD for eleven years and find it engaging, approachable, captivating and passionate. It has elements of the music of the first three OHE CDs, but is perhaps more structured. One must appreciate that this music is politically motivated. There is a message here. It is all about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which rages in 2014, just as it did ten years ago, and ten years before that!

To appreciate this music it would be good to see the band live....in 2004. One cannot turn the clock back. This album is well worth buying, but if you are new to the OHE I recommend buying them either in order of production (OHE, Nostalgico, Exile, musik) or start with "Nostalgico".
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A complete change of direction in his musik....Jazz abandoned ,he's entitled to do this,but should customers not be warned in advance ?
The presentation is superb but the musik a very mixed bag ,perhaps a loss of direction is signaled,I have collected all of his albums
I have argued with him over his political statements from the stage but continued to buy the albums ,have I finally run out of patience,
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