Album Remarks & Appraisals:
No one does it quite like Shapiro! Blending Soul and R&B with the Jewish tradition, Paul Shapiro's three CDs on Tzadik are some of the most joyful and critically acclaimed releases on the label. His fourth release is another romp in the wild and wooly world of Rhythm and Jews, this time featuring a tight touring quartet performing Paul's original compositions in the Jewish bag. Distinguished by the searing guitar of Marc Ribot, who has worked with everyone from Brother Jack McDuff, Chuck Berry and Tom Waits to Elvis Costello and his own bands Shrek, Rootless Cosmopolitans and Ceramic Dog, this is a fabulous quartet of Downtown masters tearing loose on Paul's catchy Jewish hooks and riffs. Also included is an intimate duo with Yusef Lateef's longtime percussionist Adam Rudolph and a beautiful piece for solo saxophone. Paul's fourth Tzadik CD is his most personal and best presentation yet!
Adapter: Paul Shapiro .
Personnel: Paul Shapiro (shofar, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Brad Jones (vocals, acoustic bass); Marc Ribot (guitar); Tony Lewis (drums); Adam Rudolph (frame drum, shaker, bell).
Recording information: EstSide Sound, New York, NY (10/09/2013); Orange Studio, NJ (10/09/2013); Orange Studios, NJ (10/09/2013); EstSide Sound, New York, NY (11/26/2013); Orange Studio, NJ (11/26/2013); Orange Studios, NJ (11/26/2013); EstSide Sound, New York, NY (12/20/2013); Orange Studio, NJ (12/20/2013); Orange Studios, NJ (12/20/2013).
Photographer: Aaron Lee Fineman.
Arrangers: Morris Silverman; Paul Shapiro .