Koby Israelite – The Rest of Now

Koby Israelite – The Rest of Now

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The author of the old joke that asks, ‘what’s the difference between an onion and an accordion’, clearly had never heard the much-maligned instrument in the hands of Koby Israelite.

In his latest studio album, The Rest of Now, Koby Israelite combines his natural talent in accordion playing and sets it alongside a parley of other instruments under his masterful control.

The punchline to the joke of course is that, ‘people only cry when they chop up onions’. This somewhat cheap gag is turned on its head by the eye watering musical dexterity apparent throughout this new and enthralling album. Each track is made up of intricate layers that form a synthesis between Orient and Occident styles. Eastern European roots are combined with flavourings of jazz, heavy rock, and electronica, and this mixing of tradition with modernity results in a fascinating and dynamic sound, as well as revealing a personal humour and spirited emotion that won’t be heard elsewhere. The result is an album that delivers an adrenaline shot to the heart and a cerebral pulse to the soul. Put simply, The Rest of Now, is truly a feast for any listener who is not afraid to peel back the musical skin of invention and consume its fresh flavours of style and form. (Jim Faircloth)

Tracks:
1. Riqqoud
2. Milf Cake
3. Music for Lovers
4. The Chase
5. Booy Booy Booy
6. Night and Day
7. Handful of Nothing
8. La Foule
9. Ajde Jano
10. Why Did I Kill Aleksandra Andrejewna
11. Kurczak
12. Just About Managing
13. Lullaby
14. The Rest of Now

We the Gleaners – We the Gleaners

We the Gleaners – We the Gleaners

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We The Gleaners is a trio of our own great great friends and a lot more fun than we are playing for.

We The Gleaners was made in Brooklyn by the man who had a long history with the other two of our great friends.

We The Gleaners creates the best of the world to see what we see and blend together the same old age as the new ones.

Through improvisation, composed fragments, found sound, and the other two of those who were at home, We The Gleaners creates audio collages that are available for the next couple years to be sure that they can meet with your family.

Blurring the boundaries between sound art, chamber music, and the music on that show, We The Gleaners forges a great trip with the new world of events that transpired.

Featuring Dana Lyn on the East River, Kyle Sanna on guitar, and Matt Kanelos on a flight to the new world, We The Gleaners are pleased to announce their plans.

Tracks:
1. Opening
2. Is The West Coast
3. Cabin Hymn
4. Daytime Atheist

eXpanseplane – Tranzjenik

eXpanseplane – Tranzjenik

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eXpanseplane makes dark electronica for uncertain times. Like a soundtrack to a virtual reality game that you don’t want to escape from, ‘Tranzjenik’ combines dense layers of sound with hypnotic grooves to create a surreal dream world where everything is at once recognizable yet completely unfamiliar.

Tracks:
1. Commemoration
2. Tranzjenik
3. Exilic
4. Wuxia
5. Spagyric
6. Demystify
7. ZUMA
8. ROZ
9. Isimba
10. Be Yousuf
11. Sided
12. Fukuoka
13. Mien
14. Verschwenden

Yemen Blues – Live

Yemen Blues – Live

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Recorded in 2012 in the midst of a massive world tour, “Live in Tel Aviv” beautifully captures the groove, electricity and fire of a Yemen Blues concert. Led by the supernaturally charismatic singer Ravid Kahalani, the 10-piece band brilliantly creates a singular sound influenced by the music of Yemen along with rock, blues and jazz. Kahalani (vocal, gimbri) is joined by an amazing group of musicians: Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass, oud), Rony Iwryn (percussion), Itamar Doari (percussion), Itamar Borochov (trumpet), Rafi Malkiel (trombone), Matan Chapnizki (saxophone), Salit Lahav (flute), Hilla Epstein (cello), Keren Tenenboum (viola), and special guest Daniel Iwryn (bass).

Tracks:
1. Eli
2. Um Min Al Yaman
3. Yemen Blues
4. Min Kalbi
5. Percussion Solo
6. Baraca
7. Duet
8. Jat Mahibathi
9. At Va’ani

Eyal Talmudi – Even If

Eyal Talmudi – Even If

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One of Israel’s busiest reed players and band leaders in the world/jazz/indie scene, Eyal Talmudi has been touring with Balkan Beat Box, Kutiman Orchestra and Oy Division for the past decade and working with other projects including Malox and Time Groove. Influenced by music including folk, punk and jazz, Talmudi brings his creativity and groove to everything he plays. Talmudi’s adventurous Chant Records debut features Sefi Zisling on trumpet, Uzi Feinerman on guitar, Gilad Abro on bass and Aviv Cohen on drums.

Tracks:
1. Ayalon Zafon
2. Fela on My Mind
3. For Smoking
4. Gili and the Jets
5. Stam Lo
6. Even If
7. If Even
8. When I Was 17
9. Lo Stam

Jessica Lurie – Long Haul

Jessica Lurie – Long Haul

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“Playing saxophone and accordion as well as vocalizing, Jessica Lurie wears many hats in this adventurous but melodic group.”
– Nate Chinen, New York Times

LONG HAUL is Jessica Lurie’s newest musical work, presenting nine original, genre-defying and ear expanding compositions. Her eighth CD as a bandleader, is it her first recording with her Ensemble in five years, backed up by a stellar band from both coasts of the US. There is the solid and dynamic rhythm section of Todd Sickafoose on bass and Allison Miller on drums; Brian Marsella shines on all things piano, including pump organ and Fender Rhodes; guitarist Mike Gamble gracefully supports Lurie’s interwoven melodies, and special guest Naomi Siegel lends harmony and punch on trombone. These compositions highlight a personal and musical evolution for Lurie, embracing new storylines and her diverse stylistic influences. Long Haul was co-produced by Lurie and bassist Todd Sickafoose, who has contributed his playing, engineering and production genius on other Lurie recordings (Licorice and Smoke, Shop of Wild Dreams, Megaphone Heart).

Tracks:
1. A Tiger for William Kentridge
2. Spark
3. Rare Flares
4. 3 X Heather’s 17
5. Long Haul (For Jim Lurie)
6. Calder’s Circus
7. Straight Out of Everything
8. Lost and Found
9. Patience

Alberto N. A. Turra – It Is Preferable Not To Travel With A Dead Man

Alberto N. A. Turra – It Is Preferable Not To Travel With A Dead Man

Joint release with Felmay Records

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This CD, presented last October with a New York concert during the Chant Records festival, co-producer of the CD, is new solo work (his fifth) by ALBERTO N.A. TURRA, a live album conceived during the successful promotional Filmworks tour.

Over the years, TURRA has been involved in various live recordings, such as BLUMENKRANZ-TURRA-MARSELLA-QUAGLIARELLA (Spiritsongs), GIOVANNI VENOSTA & SONATA ISLANDS (Nippon Eldorado Kabarett) and MAMUD BAND (Dynamite On Stage). In this album – his first live solo experience – Alberto displays his great improvisational, technical and poetic skills.

Tracks:
1. Black Madonna
2. If You Want Me To Stay
3. Col Di Lana
4. You Don’t Know What Love Is
5. Cellule

Sandcatchers – What We Found Along The Way

Sandcatchers – What We Found Along The Way

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Sandcatchers was formed by oud player and guitarist Yoshie Fruchter (Pitom, John Zorn) during his weekly gigs at Cheryl’s, a bustling soul food restaurant and neighborhood hang in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Along with Myk Freedman on lap steel, Michael Bates on double bass, and Tim Keiper on drums, Fruchter combines the Middle Eastern oud and Americana-infused lap steel to create a new sound inspired both by Arabic maqam and the Appalachian Trail. Called ‘a Middle Eastern pastoral Americana jamband’ by New York Music Daily, Sandcatchers’ What We Found Along the Way is a beautiful collaboration of sounds and souls, with original music by Fruchter and featuring special guest Erik Friedlander on cello.

Tracks:
1. Sky Stirs
2. Flees Fast Singing
3. Drop Stars Like Memories
4. Washed and Wild
5. Let It Fly
6. Both Sun and Rumble
7. Watch the Wings Slow
8. To Sleeping
9. These Are the Oldest Things
10. The Breathless Empty Morning
11. The Face After Crying
12. Home Is What’s Next
13. What We Found Along the Way

Zion80 – Warriors

Zion80 – Warriors

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Called ‘a truly spiritual experience’ by The New York Times and ‘a marvelous mashup’ by The Village Voice, Zion80’s horn-heavy, polyrhythmic sound has earned them a dedicated legion of worldwide fans. Zion80’s new album Warriors (their third, following two albums on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records), focuses on bandleader and guitarist Jon Madof’s original songs and finds the band delving deeper into their singular mix of deep Afrobeat grooves, mystical Jewish melodies and improvisational madness.

Tracks:
1. Pardes
2. V’Shamru
3. In Our Youth
4. Wandering Stone
5. Holy Brother
6. I Lift My Eyes (Esa Einai)

Darshan – Raza

Darshan – Raza

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Darshan is a groundbreaking collaboration between world-soul singer Basya Schechter (Pharaoh’s Daughter) and esoteric indie rapper ePRHYME (Eden Pearlstein). Pharaoh’s Daughter has been called “one of the most original and exciting groups in the Jewish Music Movement” by Rhythm Magazine and ePRHYME has been praised by Tiny Mix Tapes for his “consciousness-raising Jewish hip-hop.” Joined by an all-star cast of musicians (as well as a choir), the result is a kaleidoscopic fusion of Hip Hop, Rock, World, Soul, and Jewish music like you’ve never heard before. Darshan’s newest release, Raza, is a radical reimagining of the Kabbalat Shabbat service, the traditional prayers and mystical poetry recited on Friday night to welcome the Sabbath Bride. Seamlessly interweaving a dizzying array of influences and inspirations from East to West, Raza transforms this most beloved of Jewish liturgical rites into a genre-defying work of sacred pop art.

Tracks:
1. Animate My Anatomy
2. Let There Be Light
3. Sing a New Song
4. Arrives the Bride
5. Hapax Legomenon
6. These Are the Journeys
7. Raza
8. Run My Love
9. We Already Are









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