Gilad Atzmon: In the Small Hours

Track

In the Small Hours

Group

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble

CD

Refuge (Enja)

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Musicians:

Gilad Atzmon (alto sax),

Frank Harrison (electric piano), Yaron Stavi (bass), Asaf Sirkis (drums)

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Composed by Gilad Atzmon

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Recorded: London, no date given (probably 2007)

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Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

On this track, multi-reed player Gilad Atzmon displays a beautiful, huge alto sound that exudes feeling on a lush ballad built in a most classical and efficient way. One often thinks of Cannonball Adderley as an obvious influence, both as far as alto tone and articulation are concerned, but also because of the use of the Fender Rhodes to provide both harmonic background and atmosphere. Some mainly see Atzmon as an artist who frequently expresses his provocative political opinions on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (which he fled by emigrating to London). Others are not too sensitive to his world-music oriented compositions. A track like this should simply convince everyone that Gilad Atzmon can also be a deeply rooted jazz stylist.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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