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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

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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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