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Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble
The Tide Has Changed
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
Composed By - Gilad Atzmon (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 9), Maurice Ravel (tracks: 4)
Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet, Accordion, Vocals - Gilad Atzmon
Double Bass, Vocals - Yaron Stavi
Drums, Vocals - Eddie Hick
Piano, Electric Piano, Xylophone, Vocals - Frank Harrison
Vocals - Tali Atzmon (tracks: 1 to 3, 8, 9)
Featuring [Master Of Ceremonies] - Derek "The Draw" Hussey (tracks: 1)
Format: CD, Album
Label: World Village
Bestell-Nr./Catalog#: WV 450015
Interpret/Artist: Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble
Titel/Title: The Tide Has Changed
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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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.
Buy now and let this brilliant music move you to.
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