Some middle-eastern improvisations from The Jazz Workshop. Mezare Israel Yekabtzenu is a reissue of a little known gem. This features Israeli musicians combining their own roots and traditional music with 60s era post-bop / hard-bop styles from the USA east coast. A real Coltrane/Tyner meets the middle-east. Out on vinyl LP from Fortuna Records.
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9/10 Jacob DVG Customer review, 1st May 2015
This little gem - possibly the first Israeli jazz record recorded and published - is a wonderful mix of deep, spiritual jazz and clever interpretations of middle-eastern music. If the notes are anything to go by, this was put on tape in a single day.
The track to go to is Ken Yovdu Kol Oyvecha on B2, a beautiful syncopated little excursion, deftly crossing established boundaries with beautiful rhythms and melodies. If this was a Californian University ensemble the original would be fetching prices in the 4 digits, but luckily the good men at Fortuna has put out a proper repress with original cover art and good liner notes.
In an age of division, the musical unity on this record is wonderful.
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