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3 stars At the end of year 2009 John Zorn announced he will record 12 (!) new albums during 2010,one every month. Today is just very first days of March,2010, but three his albums are released yet, so possibly he will fulfil his announcement.

Mycale is very first Zorn/Masada album of 2010, released on "The Book of Angels" series. I listened it with double high interest ( possibly, it will show, what will happens during this year with Zorn's music, all these 12 albums, you know...). And as very often with Zorn's releases, I was pleasantly surprised. This work is not just another usual klezmer-free jazz Masada variation ( great music, but quite deeply explored by Zorn till now).

This album is minimalistic VOCALS ONLY (!) work, based on klezmer tradition! Four great female vocalists sing Masada -rooted songs a-capella ! All vocalists are quite respectful singers itself, but this vocal quartet sounds excellent. I hardly can remember any other vocals- only album there on PA (for sure, I can miss something). The nearest one is almost vocals only Diamanda Galas debut work (but she uses some electronic noises and loops there).

Israeli born AYELET ROSE GOTTLIEB is collaborated with Zorn's Tzadik records from 2006 (where her second CD was released). She composes and performs improvisation music, beside of own project works for theatres music as well. BASYA SCHECHTER is a leader of her own band, Pharaoh's Daughter , swirling Hasidic chants, Mizrahi and Sephardic folk-rock, and spiritual styling filtered through percussion, flute, strings and electronics. Argentina-born jazz-singer SOFIA REI KOUTSOVITIS sung with Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra ,John Scofield and many others. Moroccan French world fusion singer MALIKA ZARRA is a hot name in clubs around Europe with her elegant mix of Berber folk, French pop and lounge jazz.

Eleven short songs show excellent combination of voices, folky, oriental, klezmer and jazzy tunes. Overall, I can name that music a-capella folk world recording. The album is short, and you will listen it with a pleasure! Strong and interesting beginning of 2010, let's wait what will be next Zorn's surprise.

snobb | 3/5 |


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