Album: Gilad Atzmon & the Orient...

Refuge (Enja)
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The refuge in question is, of course, music itself. And Atzmon, never one to keep his thoughts to himself, is now keen to carry the discourse surrounding his work beyond ideology into the realm of... well, what? Sounds like the realm of moody mid-eastern-inflected contemporary bop to me. Atzmon is a nagging, skirling saxophonist and likes to "chant" elaborate lines on the instrument, lines bristling with climaxes and declamatory effects. The Orient House Ensemble are a pulsating rhythm section who follow in disciplined fashion where he leads.

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