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Gilad Atzmon

Morgan Fry

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I just met Gilad a few weeks ago and saw him playing for the first time at Wakefield Jazz Club last week -- he's doing this really interesting thing with a string quartet and some of the Bird with Strings arrangements. This was seriously one of the best, most musical sets I have heard in ages. Not just a reproduction of the arrangements, he does some interesting things with them including some free and often middle-eastern sounding playing with it. You MUST see this if he's playing in your area, it'll be the most interesting jazz gig you see this year.

Disclaimer/thinly veilled brag -- Gilad is playing on my mouthpieces now. I don't want you to think I'm just plugging my guy (or myself, FTM), I really am a huge fan.

Anybody else heard/seen Gilad Atzmon lately?
 

Jules

Formerly known as "nachoman"
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I just met Gilad a few weeks ago and saw him playing for the first time at Wakefield Jazz Club last week -- he's doing this really interesting thing with a string quartet and some of the Bird with Strings arrangements. This was seriously one of the best, most musical sets I have heard in ages. Not just a reproduction of the arrangements, he does some interesting things with them including some free and often middle-eastern sounding playing with it. You MUST see this if he's playing in your area, it'll be the most interesting jazz gig you see this year.

Disclaimer/thinly veilled brag -- Gilad is playing on my mouthpieces now. I don't want you to think I'm just plugging my guy (or myself, FTM), I really am a huge fan.

Anybody else heard/seen Gilad Atzmon lately?
He's in our London Store regularly- monster player and really interesting guy too
 

dooce

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Daventry
Fascinating bloke - I got into him via his occassional outings with The Blockheads, and follow his website from time to time.
 

TomMapfumo

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Skabertawe, South Wales
Living proof that a Ref54 Alto is awesome! Seen him 3 times in Swansea from his Artie Fishel & The Promised Band days, and have most of his CDs - man of great integrity and superb player!
Just couldn't succeed on trombone......

Kind regards
Tom:cool:
 

visionari1

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Out in the Countryside of Nelson NZ
Thanks for posting this Morgan, I hadn't heard of him before, but Googled him and looks like a really interesting character, his sound reminds me of Jan Garbarek.

Much Appreciated:welldone

Ciao
Jimu:mrcool
 
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AlanU

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Enfield, North London
Hello Semiquaver; nice photos.
Great one of John Jarvis.

Might run into you there as I often go when they have a soxophonist on.
Pete Long was my last visit.
 

ArtyLady

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What can I say....what an amazing saxophonist - very amusing guy too and excellent gig, interesting arrangements and the strings were awesome :welldone
 

Semiquaver

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Hertfordshire, England
Hello Semiquaver; nice photos.
Great one of John Jarvis.

Might run into you there as I often go when they have a soxophonist on.
Pete Long was my last visit.
Hi Alan, Thanks. Should be there for and Patti Revell and Digby Fairweather. Will miss Simon Allen but I can recommend him if you have not seen him before, he plays the whole lot (SATB) very well.
 

cwillsher

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Southampton, UK
I saw that set a while ago in Southampton. He's a very approachable guy. The sax playing was amazing but it was the strings that really blew me away. Never have I heard a live string quartet that was so perfectly in tune and the sound guy was on top form. The first number sounded like a perfectly honed recording. Do check it out if you get a chance!
 

Jez Watson

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my mate has just done a gig with this guy and was telling me about it, he was playing a couple of old Conns, just listened to some of his political statements on youtube also, very interesting and found them much in agreement with my own understanding
 

GJ77

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Dunmow, Essex.
Gilad's is an amazing player and his compositions are great too...his 'Metropolis' album is outstanding.

And as a slight aside, Morgan's alto ebonite mouthpiece is phenomenal. I've been playing on one for a year or so now and it does everything: soft and warm, no problem; funky and raucous, easy.

I'm saving my pennies for one of his metal tenor pieces.
 

Jazzaferri

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Victoria BC Canada
I found out about Gilad on Morgan Frye's site s few years back and got one of his CD's, Unfortunately he hasn't been close to where I love on this side of the water,

a few years back I got an Morgan Frye as a part trade a few years back. Nice mpce but too small a tip for me.
 

Rikki

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Sydney, Australia
Gilad's is an amazing player and his compositions are great too...his 'Metropolis' album is outstanding.

And as a slight aside, Morgan's alto ebonite mouthpiece is phenomenal. I've been playing on one for a year or so now and it does everything: soft and warm, no problem; funky and raucous, easy.

I'm saving my pennies for one of his metal tenor pieces.
I can highly recommend the Jazz + Rhodium. I have been playing an 8 for nearly 2 years now om my BW M2 tenor and it just sings with amazing articulation.
 

Tinyallotment

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Most of my Jazz heroes died before I was born or never came to the UK in their later years so I had to be content listening to them on vinyl etc. I had older friends who had lived in London in the 50s and 60s who had seen all the greats and I was jealous but seeing Gilad play in St Ives a few years back I felt for the first time that I was seeing someone really great and I would be able to say in later years "I was there"
Paul
 
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