Hasidic New Wave: The Complete Recordings [Box] *

Track List

>Satmar Hakafos #6
>Sim Shalom
>Tzur Mishelo
>Last Temptation of Lady L
>Eliyahu Hanovi
>V'smachta
>Welcome to the McDonald's in Dachau
>Debka
>Bobover Wedding March
>Finale: "Juba" + Satmar Hakafos #6 Reprise
>Seven Blessings from the High Priest: Achas
>Aks
>Seven Blessings from the High Priest: Achas Ve-Achas
>Hebe Bop
>Seven Blessings from the High Priest: Achas U-Shtayim
>Transcendence/U'mipney Khata'eynu
>Al-Osfour Al-Majnoun (The Crazy Bird)
>Seven Blessings from the High Priest: Achas Ve-Sholosh
>Ve-Samakhto Dub
>Seven Blessings from the High Priest: Achas Ve-Arba
>Habibi
>Seven Blessings from the High Priest: Achas Vo-Sheysh
>Blues in Exile
>Seven Blessings from the High Priest: Achas Ve-Khamesh
>Men Trinkt Mashke (People Drink Whiskey)
>Purple Vishnu
>Benigni
>Kabalogy
>H.W.N., Pt. 1
>H.W.N., Pt. 2
>OK Dear, Who?
>Amy's Solo
>Frank Zappa Memorial Bris, The
>Burkan Cocek
>Satmar Hakafos Nign #3
>Giuliani Über Alles [Mega Horn Mix] - (remix)
>Waaw Waaw
>Yemin Hashem
>Bread of Affliction
>Sea of Reeds
>Frydginator
>Sacred Line, The
>Bo-Peep
>Spirit of Jew-Jew
>Overture [Live in Köln]
>New York Debkas [Live in Köln]
>Al-Asfour Al-Majnoun
>Alef/Fela
>Knitting Tants
>Hebe-Bop
>Bottle Dance [From Fiddler on the Roof]
>Holem Tza'adi

Album Notes

Personnel: Vinnie Nobile (vocals, trombone); Sascha von Oertzen (vocals); David Fiuczynski, Gary Lucas (guitar); Sara Parkins (violin); Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello); Ben Goldberg (bass clarinet); Greg Wall (saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Frank London (trumpet, organ); Jamie Saft, Anthony Coleman (organ); Alioune Faye, Aaron Alexander (drums, djembe); Shlomo Deshet (drums, percussion).

Liner Note Authors: Michael Wex; Greg Wall; Hanns Eisler ; Aaron Alexander ; Jake Marmer; Frank London.

Recording information: Craftone Productions Jersey City, NJ (??/1994-04/1999); Harariville, Weehawken, NJ (??/1994-04/1999); Knitting Factory, New York, NY (??/1994-04/1999); Köln, Germany (??/1994-04/1999); Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY (??/1994-04/1999); Studio G (??/1994-04/1999); Vinnie's Basement, Brooklyn, NY (??/1994-04/1999); Craftone Productions Jersey City, NJ (02/26/2001); Harariville, Weehawken, NJ (02/26/2001); Knitting Factory, New York, NY (02/26/2001); Köln, Germany (02/26/2001); Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY (02/26/2001); Studio G (02/26/2001); Vinnie's Basement, Brooklyn, NY (02/26/2001); Craftone Productions Jersey City, NJ (04/10/2001-04/11/2001); Harariville, Weehawken, NJ (04/10/2001-04/11/2001); Knitting Factory, New York, NY (04/10/2001-04/11/2001); Köln, Germany (04/10/2001-04/11/2001); Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY (04/10/2001-04/11/2001); Studio G (04/10/2001-04/11/2001); Vinnie's Basement, Brooklyn, NY (04/10/2001-04/11/2001); Craftone Productions Jersey City, NJ (11/04/2000); Harariville, Weehawken, NJ (11/04/2000); Knitting Factory, New York, NY (11/04/2000); Köln, Germany (11/04/2000); Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY (11/04/2000); Studio G (11/04/2000); Vinnie's Basement, Brooklyn, NY (11/04/2000); Craftone Productions Jersey City, NJ (11/05/1993); Harariville, Weehawken, NJ (11/05/1993); Knitting Factory, New York, NY (11/05/1993); Köln, Germany (11/05/1993); Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY (11/05/1993); Studio G (11/05/1993); Vinnie's Basement, Brooklyn, NY (11/05/1993); Craftone Productions Jersey City, NJ (1993); Harariville, Weehawken, NJ (1993); Knitting Factory, New York, NY (1993); Köln, Germany (1993); Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY (1993); Studio G (1993); Vinnie's Basement, Brooklyn, NY (1993); Craftone Productions Jersey City, NJ (1998); Harariville, Weehawken, NJ (1998); Knitting Factory, New York, NY (1998); Köln, Germany (1998); Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY (1998); Studio G (1998); Vinnie's Basement, Brooklyn, NY (1998).

Illustrator: James Romberger.

Photographers: Michael Macioce; Peter Karl.

Hasidic New Wave was a group founded in the mid-'90s by saxophonist Greg Wall and trumpeter Frank London. The pair had studied together at the New England Conservatory of Music, and later played together in Hasidic wedding bands to financially support themselves while indulging their love of jazz, avant-garde, klezmer, niggunim, and other musics with various bands in New York on the weekends. Along the way, they found a way to translate the energy of the Hasidic melodies and their love of free jazz, funk, rock, and more, into Hasidic New Wave. The group's other stable members included Aaron Alexander, Fima Ephron, and David Fiuczynski. The band began playing in earnest the same year -- 1993 -- that John Zorn had founded Tzadik; they instantly fit into his Radical Jewish Culture project, and the rest is history. Included in this beautiful box are all four of the group's original albums -- Jews and the Abstract Truth, Psycho-Semitic, Kabalogy, and From the Belly of Abraham (an album issued in collaboration with Alioune Faye and Yakar Rhythms). The fifth disc assembles live and rare recordings. The first two of these eight tracks feature the earliest incarnation of the band with Shlomo Deshet on drums and Bentsi Gaffni on electric bass, playing live in Köln, Germany in 1993. Especially noteworthy is "New York Debkas," for its experiments with tone, mode, and rhythm. The next three cuts also feature Sarah Parkins on violin and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello. Recorded live at the Knitting Factory, these are tunes of exceptional energy, varying textures, and outstanding group interplay (check HNW + Strings' "Al-Asfour Al-Majnoun"). The final three tunes are unreleased studio recordings with the last quintet with Fiuczynski, Ephron, and Alexander. While any of these selections could have been used on the records they recorded together, it is "Holem Tza'adi" (recorded to benefit the Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society) that stands out for its variation, slow modal opening, and explosive middle section. It is housed in the usual excellent Tzadik packaging, with extensive liner notes (original notes, cover art, etc., are included too). What's most remarkable, however, is how fresh and exciting and forward-thinking this music sounds two decades later and realizing once more how totally influential it has been. ~ Thom Jurek



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