GILAD ATZMON

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Gilad Atzmon (born June 9, 1963) is a jazz musician, author and anti-zionist activist, who was born in Israel and currently lives in exile in London, regarding himself as a Hebrew-speaking Palestinian.

He was born a secular Israeli Jew in Tel Aviv, and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, where he learned to play soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. He also plays clarinet, sol, zurna and flute. He studied philosophy in Germany and moved to London at age 32.

Gilad's main instrument is the alto saxophone. His jazz style is bebop/hard bop, veering at times into free jazz. He has earned many jazz awards and is regarded as one of the greatest saxophonists of his generation. He records his albums on Enja Records. He has other musical interests, notably in music of the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. He is notably also a member
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The Whistle BlowerThe Whistle Blower
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In Loving Memory of AmericaIn Loving Memory of America
Tip Toe 2009
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In Loving Memory Of America (Limited)In Loving Memory Of America (Limited)
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GILAD ATZMON Take It Or Leave It... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Take It Or Leave It...
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1997
GILAD ATZMON Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble
World Fusion 2000
GILAD ATZMON Nostalgico album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nostalgico
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2001
GILAD ATZMON Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble ‎: Exile album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble ‎: Exile
World Fusion 2003
GILAD ATZMON MusiK / Re-Arranging The 20th Cantury album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
MusiK / Re-Arranging The 20th Cantury
World Fusion 2004
GILAD ATZMON Artie Fishel and the Promised Band album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Artie Fishel and the Promised Band
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2006
GILAD ATZMON Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble ‎: Refuge album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble ‎: Refuge
World Fusion 2007
GILAD ATZMON In Loving Memory of America album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Loving Memory of America
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2009
GILAD ATZMON The Tide Has Changed album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Tide Has Changed
World Fusion 2010
GILAD ATZMON Songs of the Metropolis album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Songs of the Metropolis
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2013
GILAD ATZMON Sine Qua Non - Serge Gainsbourg Reimagined album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sine Qua Non - Serge Gainsbourg Reimagined
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2013
GILAD ATZMON Gilad Atzmon And The Orient House Ensemble: The Whistle Blower album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Gilad Atzmon And The Orient House Ensemble: The Whistle Blower
World Fusion 2015
GILAD ATZMON Gilad Atzmon / Alan Barnes : The Lowest Common Denominator album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gilad Atzmon / Alan Barnes : The Lowest Common Denominator
Hard Bop 2017
GILAD ATZMON Spirit Of Trane album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spirit Of Trane
Post Bop 2017

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GILAD ATZMON Gilad Atzmon And The Orient House Ensemble: The Whistle Blower

Album · 2015 · World Fusion
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The word ‘Orient’ is a word that is often misused in Western culture, although many have tried to equate the word with southeast Asia, in actuality, the term was originally intended for what we now call the Middle East. It is with this original definition in mind that saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and his Orient House Ensemble present their Middle-Eastern flavored fusion on their new album, “The Whistle Blower”. Atzmon and his crew have been around since 2000, and this is their 8th album. As for Gilad’s ‘Oriental’ band, Frank Harrison returns on keyboards, and Yaron Stavi returns on bass, while newcomer Chris Higginbottom is in the drum chair.

“The Whistle Blower” opens strong with the high energy drumnbass/Middle Eastern fusion drive of “Gaza Mon Amour”, Atzmon turns in a furiously intense solo on this one. It’s a great cut, but its also a bit of a tease as the band never plays another track with this kind of upbeat energy for the rest of the album, not that rest of the album is bad, just different. After this opener, Gilad treats us to two ballads, with “The Romantic Church” having the stronger melody. Next is some Coltrane styled ‘spiritual jazz’ in the name of “Let Us Pray”. Atzmon and his band are capable with these sort of post bop modal excursions, but still, Gilad’s solos seem to fit better with that earlier ‘oriental’ fusion approach. The next three cuts reveal two more ballads and another semi-free post bop number. This CD closes with the title track, which is a totally unexpected cheezy ‘exotica’ number that is actually a lot of fun, if a bit out of place.

Many great jazz artists have released albums that were made up entirely of ballads, in fact, it seems like that’s a rite of passage for those who seek immortality. Possibly Gilad should consider releasing such an all ballad album, because on an album like “Whistle Blower”, which features so many slower tempos, the few upbeat tracks seem almost out of place. On the other hand, if Atzmon wants to put out a truly eclectic and colorful album, more tracks like the opener and closer would help diversify things. Still, this is a good album and recommended for fans of Atzmon, virtuoso soprano sax playing and contemporary jazz in general.

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snobb wrote:
more than 2 years ago
didn't hear this album, will try when possible
idlero wrote:
more than 2 years ago
IMHO GIlad Atzmon and The Orient House... is more World Fusion then Bop

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