After Dark-Bristol Preview

If you have not witnessed Gilad in action before then you have yet to witness a force of nature!

A larger than life character with a seemingly abundant store of energy, he not only tours constantly with his Orient House Ensemble band but works with many other projects including the Blockheads, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney and Robert Wyatt. Yet still he finds time to be a political activist for change in his country of birth, Israel.

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The Spirit of Trane at Norwich Arts Centre

Within moments of opening number In A Sentimental Mood all of my fears had been allayed. Gilad is a world class musician in his own right, as were the Orient House Ensemble – Frank Harrison on keys, Yaron Stavi on double bass and Enzo Zirilli on drums. The packed, seated audience were immediately drawn in and for the next hour it only got better. Most of the songs were either Coltrane originals, or pieces which he used to perform, but there were also a few originals included, most impressively a track called (I think) Minor Key from the new album. It instantly sounded like we’d heard it before – the trademark Coltrane ‘sheets of sound’, the constantly shifting beat, the strolling bass and keyboard stabs underpinning the piece. Almost as though some epic Coltrane recording had been unearthed from a long forgotten vault.

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Gilad Atzmon – The Spirit of Trane – CD Review by Sammy Stein

'The Spirit of Trane' is released simply because, for Gilad Atzmon, it is a chance to acknowledge possibly the greatest and most influential tenor sax player in jazz history. Gilad says, "whether it is his patented sheets of sound, his rapid fire improvisations, advanced harmonic progressions or lush interpretations of ballads, no aspiring music lover can afford to neglect the music of 'Trane" . As Gilad handed me one of the first copies of the CD at a gig recently he told me, you will love this'. He was, as he sometimes is, right. ♦

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