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    John Zorn “The Circle Maker” [Tzadik]

    Disc 1 -Issachar
    Disc 2 – Zevulun
    The alter cockers (old Jewish folk) will be saying oy
    gevalt! This Zorn fellow, what a fershtinkiner, he
    thinks he can take sacred klezmer musical tradition
    and turn it into ongepotchket shmutzik (dirt slapped
    together without form). What do those schmucks know?
    Gornisht (Nothing), that’s what. Zorn’s shtick is to
    blend modern jazz with traditional Jewish melodies.
    He went about composing over 200 of these Jewish
    fusion tunes, calling them collectively the Masada
    song book. What a mechaiyeh (joy) they are to listen
    to.
    Originally written for the Masada quartet (violin,
    bass, cello, sax) the double CD in your hands switches
    up the arrangements.
    The Issachar side has some serious zetz (a stong blow
    or punch). Featuring the Masada String Trio (the old
    quartet sans Zorn’s sax), you find zwinging zets with
    zimple melodies and that special Jewish flavour.
    Zevulum has a more haimish (down-to-earth) quality.
    Not overly schmaltzy, there’s some fine playing here
    by the Bar Kokhba Sextet (the Masada Trio + guitar,
    percussion, & drums). More laid back than disc 1, the
    zound is shtill zeiseh (sweet).
    That Zorn fellow, what a mensch he is.

  • Reviewed by Mac on March 5, 2005 at 6:40 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
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