Reviews that mention Frank London

January 11, 2018

Frank London//The Glass House Orchestra

Astro-Hungarian Jewish Music
Piranha Records PIR 3063

Like those 1960s urban country blues players or citybillies who tired of recreating other persons’ sounds, some Klezmer revivalists have gone in two separate directions for more authenticity. Like those urban pickers who moved south to join local country bands, Klezmer players trekked to Eastern Europe to intensify appreciation of pre-Holocaust texts and resurrect others. Back in the 1960s as well, bands like Electric Flag and Country Joe & The Fish, to pick two, were started by players who used their knowledge of blues and folk as a basis for psychedelic-electric experiments. With Astro-Hungarian Jewish Music, New York trumpeter-bandleader Frank London is someone in the Klez field trying both routes simultaneously. MORE

July 11, 2012

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York

ETO
Libra Records 215-029

Le GGRIL avec Evan Parker

Vivaces

Tour de Bras TDB9006 CD

The Royal Improvisers Orchestra

Live at the Bimhuis

Riot Impro 01

London Improvisers Orchestra

Lio Leo Leon

psi 11.04

Something in the Air: New Soloists for Improvising Ensembles

By Ken Waxman

Adding another voice to an established improvising ensemble is more precarious than it seems. With a group having worked out strategies allowing for individual expression within a larger context – and without notated cues – the visitor(s) must be original without unbalancing the interface. Luckily the sessions here demonstrate successful applications. MORE

June 25, 2012

David Bindman Ensemble

Sunset Park Polyphony
No Label No #

A significant statement from saxophonist David Bindman, Sunset Park Polyphony musically reflects both parts of its title. A New Yorker with a master’s degree in World Music, Bindman has spent much of his career blending the time sense of non-Western music with the harmonies and improvisationary freedom of Jazz. At the same time the two-CD set aims to reflect not only the sounds of Sunset Park, his polyglot neighborhood in Brooklyn, but also in the disc-length “Landings Suite”, translate into sound the experiences of a young person who experiencing injustice decides to work for the common good. MORE

December 2, 2009

Greg Wall’s Later Prophets

Ha’orot: The Lights of Rav Kook
Tzadik TZ 8137

Frank London/Lorin Sklamberg

tsuker-zis

Tzadik TZ 8141

Retro Boppers who take their improvisational cues from the music of the 1950s, and Classic Jazz players, who try to replicate 1920s New Orleans Jazz, are veritable late comers when compared to the musical traditions wedded to Jazz on these memorable releases. Reedist Greg Wall, trumpeter Frank London and vocalist Lorin Sklamberg put their musical smarts to work on ecstatic sounds related to the Hasidic Movement, which originated in Eastern European in the 18th Century; tinged with shtetl-popular Klezmer music developed even earlier; involving concepts, lyrics and melodies going back to Talmudic pre-history. MORE

December 2, 2009

Frank London/Lorin Sklamberg

tsuker-zis
Tzadik TZ 8141

Greg Wall’s Later Prophets

Ha’orot: The Lights of Rav Kook

Tzadik TZ 8137

Retro Boppers who take their improvisational cues from the music of the 1950s, and Classic Jazz players, who try to replicate 1920s New Orleans Jazz, are veritable late comers when compared to the musical traditions wedded to Jazz on these memorable releases. Reedist Greg Wall, trumpeter Frank London and vocalist Lorin Sklamberg put their musical smarts to work on ecstatic sounds related to the Hasidic Movement, which originated in Eastern European in the 18th Century; tinged with shtetl-popular Klezmer music developed even earlier; involving concepts, lyrics and melodies going back to Talmudic pre-history. MORE

February 20, 2006

Full Metal Klezmer

Shachor
El Gallo Rojo

Meshuge Klezmer Band
Treyf 1929
El Gallo Rojo

Switters
The Anabaptist Loop
Improvisatore Involontario

By Ken Waxman
February 20, 2006

Why do Italian improv-Klezmer bands exist, you may ask? Well – to answer a question with a question – why not? Musicians of Southern European heritage have been a mainstay of jazz since its beginning and been part of American popular music since its beginning, so why shouldn’t they get involved in the newest variant of Klezmer sounds? MORE

February 15, 2002

HASIDIC NEW WAVE & YAKAR RHYTHMS

From The Belly of Abraham
Knitting Factory Records KFW 294

Real fusion is the point of this session, not the sort of wanking jazz-rock to which the term has been reduced through misuse. Mixing two different traditions, it features five committed members of the Jewish Alternative Movement trading riffs and rhythms with three African percussionists.

While hardly spectacular, the results at least suggest new avenues of exploration for those who refuse to be shackled by tradition. Part of the time the Hasidic New Wavers’ admixture of jazz, funk and Eastern European melodies lock steps into the Sabar throb of the trio of Senegalese drummers. Other times, trying to metaphorically mix Ashkenazi and near Ashanti culture produces as queasy a repast as spreading Romanian-Jewish chopped chicken liver onto Ethiopian Injera bread. MORE