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Yitzhak Yedid: Myth of the Cave

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Yitzhak Yedid: Myth of the Cave Thirty two year-old Israeli pianist Yitzhak Yedid has issued a considerable statement. In Myth of the Cave, he has created a work with a heady high concept that's still eminently musical. His composed suite with improvised passages avoids falling into the usual jazz trappings. It suggests classicism without wading into pretension.

Plato's "myth of the cave" parable is an argument that we cannot be sure we know reality. In it, a group of people is chained inside a cave, only able to look forward. A fire behind them casts shadows on the cave wall, which is the only reality they know. One of them breaks free and ventures outside and, when he returns to tell them of the world of sun and trees, is ostracized and attacked as a heretic.

Yedid constructs his slow, dramatic suite from this fable, outlining the five sections (The Crystal Hope/Non Believer's Prayer/Imaginary Ritual/ Liturgical Sorrow/Delusion Reality) in the notes, although the music does not directly tell the story. (Thankfully we are spared the cymbal crash of breaking chains and the sprightly clarinet of emerging into the outside world or, worse, a jazz vocal narrative.)

The music makes enough sense if the track-by-track notes are used as a guide but, more importantly, stands on its own as a meditation on life, sorrow and apprehension. Canadian clarinetist Francois Houle possesses a beautiful tone, full and confident, something like Don Byron without the camp. Ora Boasson's bass is rich and low, providing a broad foundation for the drummerless trio. The leader's piano is lyrical, full of filigree without imposing on the clarinet-led melodies.

The pieces themselves come off as through-composed, although Yedid explains in the notes that there are passages where the other players were free to either improvise or compose a corresponding part. This unusual approach, as well as subtle repeating motifs occuring throughout, create a slow cohesion.

Yedid, who studied with Ran Blake and Paul Bley at the New England Conservatory of Music, is clearly a smart cookie, and flirting with such formalism could prove to be his downfall. Here, fortunately, he breaks free from the chains of intellectualism and spends some time in the sun.


Track Listing: 1. First Movement-The Crystal Hope (Yedid) - 14:10 2. Second Movement-Non Believer's Prayer (Yedid) - 17:31 3. Third Movement-Imaginary Ritual (Yedid) - 7:30 4. Forth Movement-Liturgical Sorrow (Yedid) - 9:44 5. Fifth Movement-Delusion Reality (Yedid) - 12:17

Personnel: Francois Houle - Clarinet, Bass Clarinet; Yitzhak Yedid - Piano.

Title: Myth Of The Cave | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Between the Lines


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