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The Jazz Workshop / Mezare Israel Yekabtzenu / Fortuna

Test Pressing, Review, Dr Rob, Albert Piamenta, Danny Gottfried, The Jazz Workshop, Mezare Israel Yekabtzenu, Fortuna, Jerry Garbel, Teddy Kling, 1973

Released in 1973, the “Mezare Israel Yekabtzenu” was the first instrumental Jazz album ever recorded in Israel. The Workshop was led by Albert Piamenta, a saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and arranger from a musical Jewish Moroccan family. Piamenta had gained notoriety and success in the 1960s by blending imported Funk, Soul and Jazz with Israeli and Middle Eastern compositions. On this particular project he adapted Arab maquams, Druze rhythms and Jewish Hasidic song, with aim of freeing Israel`s musicians from the accepted American standards. The set was recorded in one day at Koliner Studios in Tel Aviv with a quartet consisting of Piamenta, Dan Gottfried (Piano; among other accomplishments founder of the Red Sea Jazz Festival), Jerry Garbel (Drums; a student of Max Roach who had performed with Sun Ra) and Teddy Kling (Double bass; Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra). Reissued by Tel Aviv based label Fortuna, who are committed to sharing rare and forgotten pieces of homegrown Psychedelia, it is a syncopated spiritual Soul balm, that after 48 hours awake in Tokyo feels like morning`s song. Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Dudley Moore, Jazz Kissaden and the romance of a lost late night Soho. Modal Swing and Hard Bop flights that will be of definite interest if you are into Collocutor or Paul White, hang out at Brilliant Corners, or have bought anything on Matsuli or the esoteric EM Records.

Test Pressing, Review, Dr Rob, Albert Piamenta, Danny Gottfried, The Jazz Workshop, Mezare Israel Yekabtzenu, Fortuna, Jerry Garbel, Teddy Kling, 1973

Test Pressing, Review, Dr Rob, Albert Piamenta, Danny Gottfried, The Jazz Workshop, Mezare Israel Yekabtzenu, Fortuna, Jerry Garbel, Teddy Kling, 1973

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