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Eyal Maoz - Asaf Sirkis: The Lie Detectors Part III - Secret Unit

Read "The Lie Detectors Part III - Secret Unit" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

New York-based guitarist Eyal Maoz (John Zorn, Lou Reed) and London-based drummer Asaf Sirkis (Markus Reuter, Mark Wingfield) are childhood friends, hailing from Rehovot, Israel. Although each musician is quite busy via numerous projects on a global scale, they've managed to produce three duo albums. On Part III, the musicians seemingly operate with the force of a supercharged V8 engine. Maoz has aligned with composer, producer and saxophonist John Zorn's radical Jewish culture underpinnings, namely on Tzadik Records ...

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Eyal Maoz's Edom: Hope and Destruction

Read "Hope and Destruction" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The second release of New York-based Israeli guitarist Eyal Maoz alt-klezmer quartet Edom is a schizophrenic one. On one hand, Maoz faithfully follows Tzadik founder John Zorn's hybridized post-modern pastiche of klezmer and Jewish musical traditions, and musical references that are typical of the label's Radical Jewish Culture series. This is most audible in the manner that Maoz adopts the angst and skronk style of Zorn's leading guitarist in his Jewish-related projects, Marc Ribot. On the other hand, this release ...

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Eyal Maoz / Asaf Sirkis: Elementary Dialogues

Read "Elementary Dialogues" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Tzadik recording artist/guitarist Eyal Maoz teams with U.K.-based drummer/leader of The Inner Noise, Asaf Sirkis. Here, the duo projects style, substance and gobs of variety on these sprightly duets for the avant-garde Swedish record label, Ayler Records. Elementary Dialogues is an album built on cunning improvisation, where the instrumentalists delve into laidback funk-rock, noise-shaping maneuvers and quirky deviations, among many other elements.

Maoz's odd-phrasings and Jimi Hendrix-like cosmic meltdowns are abetted by his fierce soloing escapades in line with Sirkis' ...

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Eyal Maoz: Edom

Read "Edom" reviewed by Michael Feldman

Guitarist Eyal Maoz, known as a leader of Lemon Juice, is joined here by organist John Medeski, bassist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, and drummer Ben Perowsky. Edom, a new entry in the Radical Jewish Culture series on John Zorn's Tzadik Records, is influenced by both Mediterranean music and Jewish folklore, composed and played through the musical prism of Eyal Maoz.

Before we begin our journey through this album, I'd like to throw a quick glance at a little maneuver that hides ...

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Eyal Maoz: Edom

Read "Edom" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Israel-born, New York-based guitarist Eyal Maoz's debut release on Tzadik's Radical Jewish Culture series, Edom, is not officially part of the ever-multiplying series of tributes to the Masada songbook by Tzadik's founder and visionary, John Zorn. But in many ways, Maoz pays his respect here to the canonization of Zorn's new Jewish music, and even more so to a Zorn associate in many incarnations of Masada, guitarist Marc Ribot.

Maoz is the founder of the fusion-neo-klezmer Lemon Juice ...


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