141

Hasidic New Wave: Jews & the Abstract Truth

By

Sign in to view read count
One of the more interesting trends in the last several years is the melding of modern jazz sensibilities with traditional Jewish klezmer music. The New Klezmer Trio, John Zorn's Masada, and David Krakauer have all created some powerfully moving music within this context. Hasidic New Wave's Jews & the Abstract Truth is a haunting, exhilarating ride. While the title implies a light-hearted approach, the music is in fact quite moody and intense. This is by no means a criticism.

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.

Track Listing:

Satmer Hakafos #6, Sim Shalom; Tzur Mishelo; Last Temptation of Lady L.; Eliyahu Hanovi; V

Personnel:

Greg Wall, tenor sax; Frank London, trumpet; David Fiuczynski, guitar; Kenny Davis, bass; Aaron Alexander, drums.

Title: Jews & the Abstract Truth | Year Released: 1997 | Record Label: Knitting Factory

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Album Reviews
Read more articles
 

The Complete...

Knitting Factory Works
2012

buy
 

Psycho☼Semitic

Knitting Factory Works
2004

buy
 

From The Belly Of...

Knitting Factory Works
2001

buy
 

Kabalogy

Knitting Factory Works
1999

buy
 

Live In Cracow

Knitting Factory Works
1998

buy
 

Jews And The Abstract...

Knitting Factory Works
1997

buy

Related Articles

Read Phoenix Rising Album Reviews
Phoenix Rising
By Jack Bowers
June 24, 2019
Read Last Works Album Reviews
Last Works
By Doug Hall
June 24, 2019
Read The Change Album Reviews
The Change
By Roger Farbey
June 24, 2019
Read City Night Album Reviews
City Night
By Doug Collette
June 24, 2019
Read Waves Album Reviews
Waves
By John Eyles
June 23, 2019
Read Elevate Album Reviews
Elevate
By Doug Collette
June 23, 2019
Read Connor Sings — Kenton Swings Album Reviews
Connor Sings — Kenton Swings
By Jack Bowers
June 23, 2019