It's in the Twilight

It's in the Twilight

by Paul Shapiro


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It's in the Twilight

Saxophonist Paul Shapiro hit upon an unassuming yet incredibly effective update of traditional Jewish music with his first album as a leader, 2003's Midnight Minyan. Surrounding himself with a cadre of fellow downtown New York musicians, including trumpeter Steven Bernstein, pianist Brian Mitchell, bassist Booker King, and drummer Tony Lewis (plus bi-coaster Peter Apfelbaum on saxophone), Shapiro recast greatest hits from the Jewish liturgy as jump, jazz 'n' jive numbers that were funny without being condescending and funky without resorting to force. The fun of the Midnight Minyan lay in its loving irreverence for age-old melodies, and Shapiro remarkably brings the same spirit to a set of originals composed, by and large, in a Jewish vein. Minyan was indebted to the Saturday morning Sabbath service; Twilight is all about the nighttime, specifically the transformation from Friday evening into the holy Day of Rest. Fittingly, Shapiro draws on (just) two liturgical moments from Friday night, the "Kiddush" on the wine and "Lecha Dodi," the welcome to the Sabbath Queen. His originals run the gamut from the Latin-styled opener, "Light Rolls the Darkness," to the Coltrane-inspired groove behind his arrangement for "Adon Olam," to the '40s-flavored jump "Oy Veys Mir." With remarkable melodies and a big, brawny sound, Shapiro's service connects with both sides of the Jewish jazz equation, and is bound to draw even more converts to the saxman's cause.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2006
Label: Tzadik
UPC: 0702397810728
catalogNumber: 8107

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Shapiro   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Peter Apfelbaum   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Tony Lewis   Drums
Brian Mitchell   Piano
Steven Bernstein   Trumpet,Vocals,Slide Trumpet
Booker King   Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Peter Apfelbaum   Arranger
Tony Lewis   Arranger
Brian Mitchell   Arranger
John Zorn   Executive Producer
Joe Hogan   Engineer
Steven Bernstein   Arranger
Heung-Heung "Chippy" Chin   Cover Photo
Traditional   Composer
Paul Shapiro   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Chris Girard   Producer
Booker King   Arranger
Ian Duncan Ball   Portrait Photography
Chris Girand   Audio Production

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