La Mar Enfortuna

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Guitarist Oren Bloedow and vocalist Jennifer Charles are better know as the axe and voice behind Elysian Fields. La Mar Enfortuna is part of Tzadik's Radical Jewish Culture series, and earns its place. Bloedow and Charles have taken into their collective arms the historical Sephardim melodies and dressed them in modern clothing while retaining their spirit and melodic constructions. Utilizing the talents of many collaborators, including Ted Reichman, Jamie Saft, Ed Pastorini, and Kenny Wollesen, Bloedow and Charles employ dozens of instruments to get at the dark, mysterious spirit of the Sephardim's musical heritage. They go so far as to take a piece of a melody, as in "La ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Guitarist Oren Bloedow and vocalist Jennifer Charles are better know as the axe and voice behind Elysian Fields. La Mar Enfortuna is part of Tzadik's Radical Jewish Culture series, and earns its place. Bloedow and Charles have taken into their collective arms the historical Sephardim melodies and dressed them in modern clothing while retaining their spirit and melodic constructions. Utilizing the talents of many collaborators, including Ted Reichman, Jamie Saft, Ed Pastorini, and Kenny Wollesen, Bloedow and Charles employ dozens of instruments to get at the dark, mysterious spirit of the Sephardim's musical heritage. They go so far as to take a piece of a melody, as in "La Rosa," and color it with enough Spanish musicality, enough Jewish history, and sexy blues, to render it a ghost of its image, to be sure. But it's a ghost that is every bit as potent as the music it was inspired by, loaded emotionally and physically with emotion, sensual grace, and the hint of sound effects trickery, that lends it a slightly creepy air -- especially when we hear the sampled voices screaming in the background. On "A La Uno Ya Naci," Charles takes the Wurlitzer as her chosen instrument of creaky expression, and slips through the snaky lines wrought by Bloedow and Steve Bernstein's elegantly muted trumpet to paint a picture of a love so broken, yet so constant, it could only have existed in antiquity. But in her breathy, subtle vocal timbres and hushed accents, she finds the same passion within herself to carry the lyric into the present and make it believable. La Mar Enfortuna is among the most accessible records issued in the Tzadik series, but it is poignant and provocative nonetheless, full smoldering passions, broken lives, shattered hearts, and a sense of migration and dislocation. It offers a view of the trace, the cipher, the place where something or someone used to be but the only thing left is his possessions. Ultimately, La Mar Enfortuna is a record of disappearance and memory, and from this gorgeous, heartbreakingly beautiful, and sensual account of memory expressed, new traditions are created from the passage of the old.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2001
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397714620
  • Catalog Number: 7146
  • Sales rank: 257,985

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lamma Badah (3:16)
  2. 2 La Rosa (5:59)
  3. 3 Ayyu-Ha S-Saqi (3:44)
  4. 4 Quinze Anos (4:05)
  5. 5 El Ladron (2:19)
  6. 6 Salome (5:48)
  7. 7 Los Marineros (3:47)
  8. 8 La Uno Yo Naci (4:30)
  9. 9 Porke Yorach (10:14)
  10. 10 Yo M'Enamori d'Un Aire (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oren Bloedow Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Saz, Electric Bass, Tom-Tom, Vocals, Oud, Wurlitzer, Moog Lead, Guitar (Nylon String)
Danny Blume Guitar
Jennifer Charles Vocals, Bells, Wurlitzer
James Genus Bass
Aaron Heick Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ed Pastorini Keyboards
Ben Perowsky Drums
E.J. Rodriguez Percussion
Jane Scarpantoni Cello
Michael Tighe Guitar
Kenny Wollesen Drums
Joan Wasser Violin
Jamie Saft Keyboards
Curtis Hasselbring Trombone
George Javori Drums
Ted Reichman Accordion
Michael Adi Cymbals
Technical Credits
Danny Blume Engineer
Allan Tucker Mastering
John Zorn Executive Producer
Jamie Saft Engineer
Chris Kelly Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    brilliant must have for any collection

    What an impressive and origianal collection of Sephardic songs. Bloedow and Charles (of the terrific rock band Elysian Fields) seamlessly inhabit this completely different world. Charles is an impressive and underrated singer and song interpreter whose voice truly soars on these sinuous melodies, Bloedow a brillliant arranger and master of many instruments. This cd should become a world classic, like Buena Vista Social Club, or Cesaria Evora , but don't forget the Tzadik element, there is also a haunting edge the the others don't have. This cd has fast become an all time favorite of mine. Try it!

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