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Artie Fishel and the Promised Band

Artist: Gilad Atzmon

Date of Release: 25/09/2006

Catalogue no: WMDCD1968

Label: WMD

Price: £11.99

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Artie meets Dubbya Bush

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What a Mellow Goy Herbie Hancock Watermelon Man

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West Bank Story Leonard Bernstein Themes from West Side Story

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Zu Hause Antonin Dvorak A theme from The 'New World' Symphony

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Garage Band Artie Fishel and the Promised band

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Hoy Hoy Hoy Hoy Blackbird Henderson Ray / Dixon Mort Bye Bye Blackbird

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J Fm Artie Fishel, DJ Big Bobby Johnson

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Hoy Vey, The Way You Look Tonight Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields The Way You Look Tonight

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You and the Knife and the Moishik Arthur Schwartz You and the Night and the Music

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A Knight into Nietzsche Dizzy Gillespie A night in Tunisia

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Ladies and Gentlemen Artie Fishel My Favourite Things Rogers and Hammerstein

 

 

 

 

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Gilad Atzmon with no prejudice

Not many would expect me, of all people, to introduce the work of Artie Fishel. At the end of the day, Artie and myself agree on absolutely nothing. Artie loves his people almost as much as I hate myself.

Artie is totally convinced that Jazz has nothing to do with Africa or even America. He is certain that Jazz was born in the Jewish Ghettos in the Polish and Ukrainian wilderness. Yet, the fact that the man is totally deluded is irrelevant. Artie is a phenomenal musician. I grew up on his music. My recollection of his art runs back as far as my earliest memories of myself. Somehow, Artie always managed to cheer me up. I love his madness. I love his Klezmer band, a fiery bunch of authentic 'self-loving people'. Let their voice be heard.

There are many ways of playing jazz and Atzmon draws on a deeper well than many. The Israeli exile and saxophonist is an artist in the proper sense of the word, bringing the world and it's travails to his intensely powered music. This is jazz of focused, gut wrenching intensity. Jazz that shudders and shouts across the small room." Time Out

It is almost impossible to separate Gilad Atzmon's music from his humanist stand. His is a music born out of a rage against oppression, sadness at exile and a profound belief that playing music can and must make a difference. However there other forces at work in Atzmon's music. As an exile he is concerned with questions of identity and belonging, as a musician he passionately loves jazz and as an artist he wants more than anything to communicate and as anyone who has seen Atzmon live can attest humour is a major part of his show.

Where his previous album musiK 're-arranged' the 20th century creating a potent synthesis of tango, 30's Berlin cabaret, Arabic street music, and Romany gypsy influences. His new album Gilad Atzmon Present's Artie Fishel And The Promised Band is conceived as a musical circus that finds Atzmon assuming the identity of Artie Fishel, a brilliant but mad saxophonist who is convinced that jazz was born in the ghettos of Eastern Europe and is determined to bring it back home. Anarchic and hilarious the album can be read as a satirical work but it also Atzmon's (and the EX-Israeli musicians in his band) twisted as well as troubled love letter to their own culture and musical heritage.

Released on his own Weapons Of Mass Distraction label you should expect twisted versions of the Great American Songbook, messed up klezmer, funky grooves and burning bop as Atzmon and co take you on a journey through Artie Fishel's madcap musical world.

In addition to working on his latest album Atzmon has recently written the music for the Northern Stage's production of 'Son Of Man' a controversial retelling of the story of Jesus by Dennis Potter.

 

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21/09/2006 Trudie Squires, Live Review Bonington Theatre

IN THIS band, bristling with aka's, saxophonist Gilad Atzmon (Artie Fishel), posing here as a hyperactive musician, attempting to convince his audience that jazz has nothing to with America and is a Jewish musical art form born in the ghettos of Eastern Europe. Of course, those who have seen Gilad in action before have come to accept his madcap humour, pretentious musical themes and controversial political views. But all the fooling around, crazy dress, funny wigs and hats were just a masquerade for some superb jazz, played by four exceptionally fine musicians; Atzmon, playing alto sax and clarinet; John Turville (aka McGoy Tyner), who excelled on piano, keyboards and a battered Fender Rhodes synthesizer; Yaron Stavi (aka Jacko Pastrami) providing a rock steady bottom line on electric bass; and Gilad's long-serving drummer, Asaf Sirkis (aka Peter Forskine) - an exceptional percussionist.

The contrasts in the group's output were amazing; sounding one moment like a fairground organ, switching instantly to straight ahead bebop. A medley from West Side Story though heavily disguised, produced snatches of classic bebop from Atzmon's frantic alto. Nature Boy received similar treatment, the theme could be recognised all through despite Gilad's valiant efforts to twist it in all directions. Hilarious anecdotes and a crazy joke were highlights of the group's version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, while Gillespie's Night In Tunisi a was taken at a tremendous tempo; Gilad's alto driven along by Sirkis' impeccable drumming. Gilad announced that the only musical form they had not attempted to demolish was the bossa nova and the group launched into Antonio Carlos Jobim's classic composition Wave featuring Atzmon's white hot sax and an amazing conglomeration of sounds from Turville's Fender Rhodes.

 

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