Reuben Hoch and The Chassidic Jazz Project: Live at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (2004)
Rabbi Akiba's well known "Avinu Malkenu" is transformed into a driving electric blow out courtesy of Tom Lippincott's guitar, Felipe Lamoglia's tenor sax and Dan Feiszli's bass. "Keli Aton" has LaMoglia and Feiszli soulfully interpreting the Lubavitch melody against a complex Hoch and Bobby Thomas Jr. percussive backdrop. The much recorded and interpreted liturgical piece "Adon Olam" is taken through two if its melodies; the beautifully graceful string interpretation features Lippincott teamed with Barbara Corcillo's elegant cello and violinist/violist Marie Randel and then has its traditional melody "jazzed" up and turned Latin.
Two tracks, "Shalom Aleichem" and "Shabbat Shalom", allow well-known jazz pianist Don Friedman to show that his skillful interpretive touch also translates well to this project's format. A string-based chamber jazz intro to "Bilvavi" gives way to some metrically intriguing drum showmanship that then finds an up-tempo groove as Lamoglia wails on soprano. Hoch's rap about the great Chassidic songsmith Shlomo Carlebach leads into a furious percussive beat that is picked up by the rest of the band, led by Lamoglia, to present Reb Shlomo's "Crackow Nigun" in a decidedly new light. The Chassidic Jazz Project Live adds yet another wonderful chapter to the ever-evolving relationship between jazz and Jewish music.
Track Listing: 1.Avinu Malkenu 2.Keli Atoh 3.Adon Olam Medley 4.Shalom Aleichem 5.Shabbat Shalom 6.Bilvavi 7.Crackow Nigun
Personnel: Reuben Hoch-drums, Tom Lippincott-guitars, Felipe Lamoglia-tenor and soprano saxes, Marie Randel-viola & violin, Barbara Corcillo-cello, Dan Feiszli-bass, Bobby Thomas Jr.-percussion, Don Friedman-piano (tracks 4,5)
Record Label: RH Factor Records
Style: Modern Jazz