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HASIDIC NEW WAVE

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Hasidic New Wave were founded on the wave of klezmer revivalism that happened in the '80s as alternative music wing, including the Klezmatics, Naftule's Dream, David Krakauer's Klezmer . Formed by trumpeter Frank London (John Zorn collaborator) and clarinetist/saxophonist Greg Wall, this renegade bunch has combined the signature scales of Jewish music with the fatback grooves of James Brown, free-jazz leanings and plenty of freak-out electric guitar work courtesy of David Fiuczynski (Hiromi Uehara and solo jazz fusion albums).

After a string of solid recordings as a working quintet, drummer Aaron Alexander came up with the novel idea of grafting African drummers onto the group's uniquely Jewish sound. The result is this inspired collaboration that at once harks back to shtetls (villages) of Eastern Europe and mother Africa - a brilliant Afro-Semitic fusion.

Blending together an intense mixture of ethnic and cosmopolitan sounds, Hasidic New Wave fuses spiritual songs from Hasidic dynasties to funk and jazz, Arabic dances with avant-garde rock, and juxtaposes horas and freylekhs with sheer improvisation. From 1997 to 2001 band released 5 albums.


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Complete RecordingsComplete Recordings
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Tzadik 2012
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From the Belly of AbrahamFrom the Belly of Abraham
Knitting Factory 2001
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KabalogyKabalogy
Knitting Factory 1999
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Jews & The Abstract TruthJews & The Abstract Truth
Knitting Factory 1997
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Live In CracowLive In Cracow
NotTwo Records 1998
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Jews And The Abstract Truth
1997
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Psycho-Semitic
1998
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Kabalogy
1999
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From the Belly of Abraham
2001

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Live in Cracow
1998

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 From the Belly of Abraham by HASIDIC NEW WAVE album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Hasidic New Wave RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by snobb
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— First review of this album —
4 stars Hasidic New Wave last to time release possibly is their best one. Started on the NY downtown avant-klezmer wave, they combined Jewish folklore with jazz fusion trumpet, heavy electric guitars and bass. After some interesting albums, they reached same point as many their avant-klezmer colleagues: being extremely catchy, original and easy accessible component for mixing to free jazz or jazz rock brew, klezmer has its limitations. And most serious one is very soon all compositions become repetitive and often sound as same (or one long) song.

Best bands tried to find solution of this problem, Hasidic New Wave is not exception. " From The Belly Of Abraham" is illustration, and quite unusual one! Huge " fresh blood" element, added to usual band's klezmer avant rock is North African rhythms (Senegalese band Alioune Faye & Yakar Rhythms)! Not very often you can hear such Afro-Semitic sound!

As a result, klezmer became just one between few important elements. African rhythms filled the space and radically changed all the music. You can easily hear Jewish melodies and klezmer trumpet, but only between other, African components. Music became much more complex (mostly -rhythmically) and loosed its dominant rock sound. Now whole album sounds as complex world fusion / avant work with very few electric guitars soloing, etc.

I believe such music is fresh and sounds more attractive, then usual klezmer jazz-rock. Only listeners searching for David Fiuczynski guitar excellence should start from band's earlier works.

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 Kabalogy by HASIDIC NEW WAVE album cover Studio Album, 1999
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Kabalogy
Hasidic New Wave RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by snobb
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— First review of this album —
4 stars Fourth Hasidic new wave album is great one. Grew up on the wave of Klezmer -avant wave , band's music is strongly influenced by NY downtown avant-jazz (John Zorn) from one side, and Jewish Eastern European legacy from another.

One of band's founder Frank London played with John Zorn on some his early albums. Then he continued as NY klezmer /avant jazz trumpeter (I saw him playing solo on one of Jewish culture festivals there in Vilnius few years ago). His trumpet on this album is excellent mix of Jewish folklore and Miles Davis sound.

Differently from Zorn's Masada projects, Hasidic New Wave sound is based not fully on trumpet soloing, but more on balanced sound ,often with dominance of quite heavy guitar and bass sound.

Guitarist David Fiuczynski is well-know figure in jazz fusion circles. Besides of all line of his solo (and with own band) successful albums, he is respectable session musician (one time Hiromi Uehara's band member). He plays energetic complex electric guitar, melting jazz and big doze of rock. His guitar sound gave strong rock element in Hasidic New Wave music. In combination with London-born Fima Ephron bass, it makes music quite different from Masada's sound.

Being melodic, catchy ,soulful (all that comes from klezmer roots), this album by it's atmosphere and sound is more avant-kletzmer rock, than usual avant-kletzmer jazz. What doesn't means there is no place for improvisation and jazzy technique in music.

Pleasant and easy accessible listening, this album is one of great entries to klezmer-avant world for newcomers, especially with prog rock background.

My rating is 3,5,rounded to 4

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