17 November 2008

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble - Live Frankfurt 2008

Musician, writer and political activist, Israeli Gilad Atzmon has long been an outspoken critic of Israel's policy with regards to the Palestinian issue. He settled in Britain in the early 90s. In his early career he played with a number of British artists, including, surprisingly enough, Ian Duty and the Blockheads (if anyone remembers them). He formed his present group, The Orient House Ensemble in 2000 and has made a number of recordings with this outfit.

It's not appropriate to get into politics on this blog site, but for those interested, Atzmon's site has numerous links to his writings (gilad.co.uk). The band is named after the PLO headquarters in East Jerusalem.

His music contains middle-eastern influences, as in for example, The Burning Bush in this concert, though not exclusively so.


Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble
39th German Jazz Festival,
Sendesaal des HR,
1st November 2008 (MP2)

Gilad Atzmon, ss, as, cl
Frank Harrison, p, keyb
Yaron Stavi, b
Asaf Sirkis, dr

01 Autumn In Baghdad 07:40
02 comments 01:26
03 The Burning Bush 15:18
04 06:26
05 Spring In New York 10:50
06 band intros 02:38
07 My Refuge 07:41
08 What A Wonderful World 05:25
TT: 57:24

This post comes from a digital recording in MP2 format courtesy of joerg,my thanks to him. I have converted it to MP3 format. Obviously there is not lossless version available, but sound quality is excellent.


Boromir said...

Link (VBR)


kinabalu said...

Thanks for this one, Boromir. Atzmon is certainly one I've heard of, but not very much heard.

I do remember Ian Dury and the Blockheads. I even remember his former band, Kilburn and the High Roads ;-)

Anonymous said...

If you Google him, you can also find a lot of criticism of his vile politics. The guy nauseates me.

I won't corrupt the post - jazz is what matters (though I don't even like his jazz), but its fair to note this alongside a reference to his own web site etc.

Anonymous said...

This Atzmon creature compares jazz to Jihad (anyone spot the irony there with Islam - music? women?!) and supports terrorism. He connects his music to his politics in such a way that listening to it is like listening to Hamas. Nasty.

bventure said...

Just saw him last night, amazing band, one of the very best I've seen live. Not getting into politics, but I did talk to him, and he seemed like a really nice guy to me; pleasant, and happy to talk in a relaxed and attentive manner.