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Gilad Atzmon And The Orient House Ensemble at The Vortex Jazz Club

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Gilad Atzmon And The Orient House Ensemble Vortex Jazz Club London March 23, 2018 The show was not called “The Music Of Trane," nor even “The Compositions Of Trane," but rather “The Spirit Of Trane." John Coltrane's soul has transcended this earthly realm and ascended beyond even our farthest reach. His spirit though, of adventurism and creativity and individuality, can still be invoked. And on a Friday night in London's North East, ...

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Gilad Atzmon: The Spirit Of Trane

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Duke Ellington's exquisite “In A Sentimental Mood," the first track on their memorable team-up album for Impulse! is here given a luscious treatment with the subtle addition of strings. “Invitation," the Coltrane version of which was found on Standard Coltrane a 1962 Prestige release but actually recorded in 1958. Like that version it's given a slow ballad treatment with Atzmon on sultry tenor augmented by the string quartet. Atzmon's lone composition is the modal “Minor Thing" very much ...

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Gilad Atzmon And The Orient House Ensemble: The Whistle Blower

Read "The Whistle Blower" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

The Whistle Blower is the eighth album from saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and his Orient House Ensemble, but sounds as fresh as the first. As one of the most fearless improvisers of the UK jazz scene, Atzmon has always worn his politics loudly on his sleeve, and here the story of an Israeli Jew who left home in search of new identities rings truer than ever over the course of seven original tunes. The listener emerges from the other ends of ...

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Gilad Atzmon And The Orient House Ensemble: The Whistle Blower

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There's a soulful crying to much of this music that makes it so convincing, so enjoyable. It's blues music from someplace other than the Deep South. Starting with the first track, “Gaza Mon Amour," veteran multi-instrumentalist Gilad Atzmon somehow manages to invoke the spirit of John Coltrane (think “A Love Supreme"), along with a kind of tantalizing ethnic, Israeli vibe that conjoins East with West. The Whistle Blower is an intoxicating blend of romanticism with an edge that somehow bespeaks ...

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Gilad Atzmon And The Orient House Ensemble: The Whistle Blower

Read "The Whistle Blower" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Saxophonist Gilad Atzmon is a giant of jazz--an imposing physical presence, a huge personality, technically masterful and emotionally committed to every note. On The Whistle Blower, the Orient House Ensemble's eighth album since it formed in 2000, he's joined by long-term Ensemble members Frank Harrison on piano and Yaron Stavi on bass along with new recruit drummer Chris Higginbottom. The band is as strong as ever, the album a worthy addition to its discography. Atzmon is an in-demand ...

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Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble at the Cali

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Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House EnsembleCalifornia ClubIpswich, Suffolk UKAugust 18, 2013Once a month, the California Club, affectionately known as the Cali in Ipswich, Suffolk, is transformed into Ipswich Jazz Club. Seating around 150 people, it was once a Liberal club and is run entirely by friends and members as a non-profit venue for jazz fans. They put on a range of local and international artists and offer a welcome to regulars and newcomers.

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Gilad Atzmon And The Orient House Ensemble: Songs Of The Metropolis

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The metropolis is central to the life of a jazz musician. It's where the work is, where the conservatories are, where the music emerged and developed. Gilad Atzmon, the saxophonist and composer who's been described as the hardest working man in UK jazz, writes that Songs Of The Metropolis is “A pursuit of the sound of the city." It's a pursuit that takes him to seven of the world's most famous cities, to a small English seaside town and to ...

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Gilad Atzmon: Jazz as Music and Philosophy

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Multi-instrumentalist Gilad Atzmon-he plays sax, flute and clarinet- was born in Israel. One night he was listening to the radio and he heard something that impressed him: it was Charlie Parker. The day after, he went to the shop to find the alto saxophonist's records. He was already seventeen years old but, with around fourteen hours practicing per day, it wasn't long before he turned professional. And when he moved to London his career took off, especially since creating his ...

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Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble: The Tide Has Changed

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The genre-conflating musical behemoth that is the Orient House Ensemble, led by multi-instrumentalist, composer, essayist and political commentator Gilad Atzmon, celebrates its 10th anniversary with the release of its seventh album, The Tide Has Changed. Funny, eerie, romantic and intriguing by turns, this is a work of tremendous warmth and strength. Atzmon's spirit and soul inhabit every one of his compositions, and his playing is truly exceptional, staking a genuine claim to being one of the finest saxophonists in contemporary ...

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Gilad Atzmon Plays Bird and More at Snape Proms in Suffolk, England

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Gilad Atzmon Snape Maltings Concert HallSuffolk, EnglandAugust 26, 2009

Snape Concert Hall, set in beautiful Suffolk countryside, was built as a barley malting hall in the 1840s. In 1965 the hall was converted by composer Benjamin Britten into a 900-seat concert venue. Saxophonist Gilad Atzmon loves Snape Concert Hall--and, lest his love affair with the place wasn't clear from his playing, he went to the extra trouble of telling the audience on at ...

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Gilad Atzmon: In Loving Memory of America

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This is an outstanding album. Reed man Gilad Atzmon has taken five standards, re-interpreting the versions recorded with strings by Charlie Parker, added six of his own compositions, and created an original, supremely enjoyable and affecting piece of work.

The album's title refers to an imagined land--the country that Atzmon envisaged when, as a 17 year-old in Israel, he first heard Charlie Parker playing “April in Paris" and fell in love with jazz and America. According to his liner notes, ...

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Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble: Refuge

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Something of a polymath amongst the general corpus of jazz musicians, Israeli-born reed player Gilad Atzmon, London-based since 1994, is not only a prolific performer and recording artist, but also a novelist, political essayist and campaigning anti-Zionist. Atzmon's books--his most recent, My One And Only Love (Saqi Books, 2004), is a comic satire about a Jewish trumpet player who becomes ensnared in an Israeli spying operation--have been enthusiastically received on the literary pages. His fiery and outspoken political activities are ...