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Gilad Atzmon: Artie Fishel and the Promised Band

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Ironico miscelatore di stili, l’israeliano di nascita e inglese di adozione Gilad Atzmon cambia stavolta anche nome, diventando Artie Fishel per proporre un disco “alla Daniele Sepe”, nel quale classici del Jazz e temi di compositori classici come Dvorak e Bernstein vengono triturati e - addizionati della feroce critica antiebraica che caratterizza Atzmon - passati al frullatore del sarcasmo, uscendone talvolta diversi fin nei titoli.

“West Side Story” diviene così “West Bank Story”, “Bye Bye Blackbird” si muta in “Hoy Hoy Hoy Hoy Blackbird”, e così via, ma soprattutto le musiche originali vengono contaminate da riferimenti popolari - in genere ebraici, ma talvolta pop e blues - mentre i commenti, che narrano la paradossale storia di Artie Fishel (l’uomo che credeva che il jazz fosse nato nei ghetti ebraici della Polonia e dell’Ucraina…), fioriscono di festosi lazzi.

La musica, intesa nel suo valore più alto e serioso, forse ne soffre un po’ (ma ascoltate l’assolo di clarinetto di Fishel/Atzmon nel “Theme from Dvorak’s New World Symphony”!); non così il piacere dell’ascolto, che rimane intatto nella confusione di stili e atmosfere. Le quali, comunque, propongono gustose riletture, tra le quali spiccano “A Knight Into Nietzsche” (ovvero “A Night In Tunisia”…) - resa eterea nell’esposizione del tema da parte del sax contralto in secondo piano, drammatica dall’intensa batteria, inusuale dai cori fuori scena - e la spettacolosa “My Favourite Things” da festa popolare ebraica, cantata in coro con grandi assoli di clarinetto, che conclude la dissacrante orgia di musica.

Un disco ricco di genialità e gustoso, anche se il Gilad Atzmon di Exile resta - descrittivamente e qualitativamente - un’altra cosa.

Track Listing: 1. Watermelon Man [What a Mellow Goy] (H. Hancock) - 2:25; 2. Mr. President [Interlude] (T. Clark Hill) - 0:21; 3. Themes From West Side Story [West Bank Story] (L. Berstein) - 1:11; 4. Theme From Dvorak’s New World Symphony [Coming zu Hause!] (A. Dvorak) - 4:22; 5. Garage Band (Artie Fishel and The Promised Band) - 1:43; 6. Radio 7 (Artie Fishel/T. Clark Hill) - 0:51; 7. Bye Bye Blackbird [Hoy Hoy Hoy Hoy Blackbird] (Henderson/Dixon) - 2:06; 8. Artie In The Sky (Artie Fishel) - 0:28; 9. Radical Goose (Artie Fishel and The Promised Band) - 5:14; 10. 0 Fm (Artie Fishel & DJ Big Bobby Johnson) - 6:20; 11. The Way You Look Tonight [Hoy Vey, The Way You Look Tonight] (J. Kern/D. Fields) - 4:36; 12. Lipstick (Artie Fishel) - 1:22; 13. You And The Night and The Music [You And The Knife And The Moishik] (Dietz/Schwartz) - 2:40; 14. Wae And Peace (Artie Fishel) - 0:47; 15. A Night In Tunisia [A Knight Into Nietzsche] (D. Gillespie) - 5:17; 16. Jungle Jazz (T. Clark Hill) - 0:07; 17. Ladies And Gentlemen (Artie Fishel) - 3:10; 18. My Favourite Things (Rodgers and Hammerstein) - 2:30

Personnel: [riportati come da copertina…] Artie Fishel [aka Gilad Atzmon] (zaxophone, schwartzephon und voical), Peter Foreskin [aka Asaf Sirkis] (schlog sahne), Jaco Pastrami [aka Yaron Stavi] (boss und abu boss), Shimshon Gib Shoin [aka Eyal Maoz] (gitoyer), McGoy Tyner [aka John Turville] (piane), Gesher Rozen [aka Guillermo Rozenthuler] (voical), Salim Dion [aka Koby Israelite] (accordion und voical), Ovad Fretless [aka Ovidiu Fratila] (fiddler of the groove)

Title: Artie Fishel and the Promised Band | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Res-O Records

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