Bridging the spirituality of American jazz with the searching, trance-like ecstasy of Hasidic melody, Andy Statman's Between Heaven and Earth was a revelation in the worlds of Jewish music and jazz alike. Statman, the mandolinist/clarinetist who grew into Orthodoxy out of his experience in the acoustic music and klezmer revivals of the '70s, leads a quartet here, including pianist Kenny Werner, drummer Bob Weiner, and bassist Harvie Swartz. Exploring nigunim, the wordless devotional melodies improvised by European Hasidic masters, Statman and his group mine the rich ecstatic potential of these old-world melodies and modern improv jazz. Cohorts from Statman's bluegrass days show up as well. Banjo ace Bela Fleck and mandolin sage David Grisman lend a pensive rural air to "Chassidic Waltz" that contrasts with the urbane settings of "Maggid" and the searching "Reb Nachman's Deveykus Niggun." The transcendant results, captured as they unfold in the studio, are penetratingly, naturally, and profoundly spiritual. This is not klezmer or any other kind of Jewish musical entertainment. Rather, Between Heaven and Earth is a devotional experience of undeniable power. In fact, Statman's bandmates, convened for this date from a variety of jazz projects, dropped everything after completing the album to fully explore the rich spiritual well that had opened in their midst. Don't be surprised if the same happens to you with just one listen.
Performance CreditsAndy Statman Primary Artist,Clarinet,Mandolin
Harvie Swartz Bass
Béla Fleck 5-string Banjo
David Grisman Mandolin
Scott Lee Bass
Bob Weiner Percussion,Drums
Kenny Werner Piano
Technical CreditsAndy Statman Producer
Rich Lamb Engineer
Dave Sears Producer,Liner Notes
Paul Wickliffe Engineer
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Between Heaven & Earth: Music of the Jewish Mystics based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I wasn't really impressed with this CD. It wasn't a spiritual experience. The music was more of an annoyance. Lots of clarinet and lots of nervous energy. Many of the pieces sounded the same or similar. Faint tinges of Jewish melodies, but nothing that seemed to connect to famous Jewish melodies of the past.