Diaspora Soul

Diaspora Soul

by Steven Bernstein


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Diaspora Soul

Sex Mob's Steven Bernstein had an unusual process for his foray into "radical Jewish culture" for John Zorn's Tzadik label. While researching the music of New Orleans and Cuba, the trumpeter/arranger concluded they had much in common, and then -- as he writes in the liner notes, "Who loves cha-cha and mambo more than Jews?" Placing Jewish secular ("Roumania, Roumania") and religious ("Ani Mamin") themes over New Orleans R&B and Cuban rhythms, backed by a sextet and big band, he's created a seamless synthesis; melodies and rhythms fit together naturally. This is heavy, deliberate music in which the R&B element is most apparent, with raw, funky work by the tenor saxophonists and organist/electric pianist Brian Mitchell. Bernstein's heated solos draw on New Orleans and klezmer sources. True to its title, this is diaspora music, delightfully bridging Willie Bobo's Afro-Cuban boogaloo with Dave Tarras's new-world klezmer might.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/1999
Label: Tzadik
UPC: 0702397713722
catalogNumber: 7137

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steven Bernstein   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Peter Apfelbaum   Tenor Saxophone
Brian Mitchell   Organ,Electric Piano,Wurlitzer
E.J. Rodriguez   Bongos,Conga,Maracas,Claves
Tony Scherr   Bass
Michael Blake   Tenor Saxophone
Briggan Krauss   Baritone Saxophone
Paul Shapiro   Tenor Saxophone
Robert Rodriguez   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Scott Harding   Engineer
Kazunori Sugiyama   Producer
John Zorn   Executive Producer
Steven Bernstein   Arranger,Producer
Enid Farber   Cover Photo

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