Label: Tzadik - TZ 8164 • Series: Radical Jewish Culture - 164 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Contemporary Jazz
Borscht Belt Studies is Jamie Saft 's first record on Tzadik since 's stellar Black Shabbisa death metal meditation on the historical persecution and homelessness of the Jewish people. Obviously, Voices in the Wind - Candlemass - Tales of Creation Belt Studies is stylistically different.
Saft returns to more familiar territory here, playing only piano and Fender Rhodes throughout. He is accompanied by Ben Goldberg 's clarinet on six of 11 cuts, and by his current group, the New Zion Trio with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Craig Santiagoon one. Saft divides the album into musical sections that alternate by cut. Some compositions are based on blues, jazz, and Yiddish melodies, some in modern composition and vanguard classical music, and the closing track in reggae!
The set opens with "Issachar," with Saft on Rhodes playing a soulful jazz melody with Yiddish overtones with Goldbergand vamping on the changes. This is contrasted with "Hellenville," an acoustic piano piece that delves into improvisation before resolving beautifully on variations of three sequential chords.
His melodic invention, chord voicings, and harmonic restraint are feints when juxtaposed against his phrasing, colors, and the textural possibilities afforded by the instrument. When Goldberg enters, he extends Saft 's lines almost exponentially. The most difficult piece here is "Jews for Joseph Maneri ," but it is also one of the most satisfying, as a tribute to his advanced improvisation teacher. In duet with Darkest Arts - Jamie Saft - Borscht Belt Studies Saft explores various threads of microtonal improvisation based on Maneri 's ideas, but he reflects back an extended harmonic line by paradoxically reining it in Darkest Arts - Jamie Saft - Borscht Belt Studies pointilistically; he moves that line further, almost imperceptibly, in increments, ending in a very different place than the point of origin.
The dynamic exchanges between the duo in improvisation are instinctive. The set closes with "New Zion," the signature tune of Saft 's new trio playing reggae jazz in near dub style listen to Grenadier 's rock-solid bassline. It's jazz all right, but it juxtaposes with beautiful glissandi and ostinati how close to reggae Yiddish folk song is as a form. It's a mysterious, labyrinthine piece that is a stunner in the end -- it reflects the rest of Borscht Belt Studies beautifully.
Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.
Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date August 30, Genre Jazz Avant-Garde. Recording Location Potterville, NY.
Imagination Maverick. Track Listing. Jamie Saft. Darkest Arts. The Pines. Solomon County. Jews for Joseph Maneri. New Zion. Issachar Jamie Saft. Hellenville Jamie Saft. Darkest Arts Jamie Saft. Pinkus Jamie Saft. The Pines Jamie Saft. Darash Jamie Saft. Solomon County Jamie Saft. Jews for Joseph Maneri Jamie Saft. Kutshers Jamie Saft. Azulai Jamie Saft. New Zion Jamie Saft.
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