Hasidic New Wave: Jews & the Abstract Truth
The disc opens with the driving "Satmer Hakafos #6," which veers between Ornette-ish abstraction and wedding dance music abandon. Co-leader Greg Wall burns on tenor sax and David Fiuczynski turns in some slippery guitar licks. "Sim Shalom" cooks over a funky groove and features amazing solos from Wall, Fiuczynski and co-leader Frank London on trumpet. "Tzur Mishelo" is a somber ballad full of emotion and poignant beauty. Percussionist Aaron Alexander and bassist Kenny Davis contribute solid, imaginative support throughout.
Other highlights include a gorgeous tenor saxophone feature on "Last Temptation of Lady L" and "Eliyahu Hanovi", the exhilarating wedding dance music of "V’smatcha", a freeform horn dialogue on "Welcome to the McDonald’s in Dachau", with Ben Goldberg of the New Klezmer Trio sitting in on bass clarinet, and the funkified freak out of "Finale:’Juba’".
The deep traditions of both Jewish music and jazz are honored in this outstanding release. Highly recommended.
Satmer Hakafos #6, Sim Shalom; Tzur Mishelo; Last Temptation of Lady L.; Eliyahu Hanovi; V
Greg Wall, tenor sax; Frank London, trumpet; David Fiuczynski, guitar; Kenny Davis, bass; Aaron Alexander, drums.
Record Label: Knitting Factory