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Feast

Artist: Just East

Date of Release: 01/01/2002

Catalogue no: JEOJCD3

Label: Just East of Jazz

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Eastbound

7.55

2

 

Requiem á Tanier

6.05

3

 

Fatour

2.01

4

 

Shtetl hopping

5.07

5

 

Ciudad caliente

5.57

6

 

Mud pie

5.16

7

 

Hamzah’s groove

5.46

8

 

Dances of the hayseeds

9.02

9

 

Tselov’s feast

4.29

10

 

Water’s edge

1.58

 

 

 

 

Line-up: Jeremy Shoham: saxes/clarinet, Neil Angillley: piano/keys/accordion, Phil Scragg: bass, Rick Finlay: drums/perc
The most recent studio album introduces the remarkable Neil Angilley on piano/keys and superlative production which captures all the subtlety of the band’s huge dynamic and stylistic range.

 

Reviews

 

01/01/2002 Ian Carr BBC Music

“Pick of the month...The combination of jazz and swirling Eastern melodies and rhythms has given the band its own unique sound and emotional range. Feast is the group’s immensely assured third album...‘Eastbound’ begins with a flourish on the strings of the piano and includes intense oriental melodies, strong soprano and electric piano solos followed by a bravura finale...’Requiem a Tanier’ is played by piano and rhythm section with sober eloquence...other high spots are Angilley’s ‘Fatour’, with its folky and funky asymmetry, and Scragg’s ‘Mud Pie’, with its bass riff and accordion. This is a veritable feast of music”

 

01/01/2002 Clive Davis Sunday Times

“The fact that Artie Shaw’s real name was Arthur Arshawsky doesn’t necessarily prove that jazz and Jewish culture have always gone hand in hand. But it is hard to overlook the influence of that diaspora folk style, klezmer, on swing-era virtuosos such as Shaw’s great rival Benny Goodman. Jeremy Shoham’s agile British group Just East of Jazz bring the process of cross-pollination bang up to date. Propelled by Shoham’s fiery clarinet and saxophone soloing, Feast is the quartet’s most accomplished set so far. Neil Angilley’s accordion adds a layer of authenticity, the quirkily-titled ‘Shtetl Hopping’ is typically crisp and concise, and the ensemble playing strikes a fine balance between jazz-rock muscle and respect for the heritage”

 

01/01/2002 Dave Gelly Observer

“It is one thing to have a good idea, but quite another to sustain and expand it over several years, which is what this band has managed to do. It started out as a jazz-klezmer fusion group, but now takes the whole of eastern Europe as its inspiration. For the band’s third CD, Jeremy Shoham, saxophonist and leader, has found the perfect collaborator in pianist and accordionist Neil Angilley, whose inventiveness is as fertile and surprising as his own. Most important of all, the happy and buoyant atmosphere of the band’s live performances comes over remarkably well on CD.”

 

01/01/2002 John Fordham The Guardian

“A reworked lineup of one of the more unusual world-jazz ensembles, Just East of Jazz is a contemporary jazz band with east European thematic connections - and, since its inception, a considerable interest in klezmer. This is the first JEOJ disc to feature new pianist and accordionist Neil Angilley, and the group sounds tighter and more focused for adopting a quartet format. Leader Jeremy Shoham's keening soprano saxophone and expressive clarinet are prominent features, but newcomer Angilley suggests considerable potential when the spotlight is on him, notably in the piano trio feature Requiem a Tanier, a rhapsodic, slow acoustic reverie mingling Jarrett-like chordal chimes with shrewd use of space and restraint. There's plenty of folk-dancey prancing, but the bright, piping Shtetl Hopping effectively splices Shoham's shimmering clarinet with a drum'n'bass percussion feel. Mud Pie sounds like part of Afro-Blue grafted on to a wedding dance, and Dance of the Hayseeds is an extended composition with a compelling narrative shape. This band continues to evolve.”

 

01/01/2002 Chris Parker The Tablet

“ Just East of Jazz, as their name suggests, combine East European music – chiefly klezmer, with which leader Jeremy Shoham grew up – with jazz and occasional dashes of other musics (here, on their third album, Feast, Cajun and drum’n’bass among others) to produce a beguiling and infectious mix, pleasantly strident yet surprisingly subtle. Shoham’s saxophones and clarinet soar above a vigourous melange of assorted keyboard instruments and accordion, electric bass and drums/percussion, but it is the vigour and sheer exuberance of the band’s overall sound that make this album such a comprehensive example of a relatively new development in the music, yet to find a wholly acceptable label, but known – until a better term is found – as ‘world jazz’”

 

01/01/2002 Pete Martin Jazz UK

“The third album from this impressive quartet, coinciding with a current tour, and giving a clear indication of why the group has become such a strong attraction in the clubs. This is a consistently compelling set, providing plenty of evidence of the band’s growth during its short career, and signs that it is establishing a distinct identity. The opening track ‘Eastbound’, for example, displays the vibrant jazz-meets-East European-music mix which was the original focus of the group, but is immediately followed by ‘Requiem a Tanier’, featuring pianist Neil Angilley in a trio, changing the mood and feel to something much more reflective, and more personal. Both pieces, and much of the rest of the music are by saxophonist and leader Jeremy Shoham, who deserves the credit for guiding the band’s development, and honourable mention too for bassist Phil Scragg and drummer Rick Finlay.”

 

01/01/2002 Elliott Simon ww.allaboutjazz.com

"Just East of Jazz has indeed produced a smorgasbord of delights that is a Feast for any aural palette"

 

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