The Complete Recordings

The Complete Recordings

by Hasidic New Wave


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The Complete Recordings

Hasidic New Wave was a group founded in the mid-'90s by saxophonist Greg Wall and trumpeter Frank London. The pair had studied together at the New England Conservatory of Music, and later played together in Hasidic wedding bands to financially support themselves while indulging their love of jazz, avant-garde, klezmer, niggunim, and other musics with various bands in New York on the weekends. Along the way, they found a way to translate the energy of the Hasidic melodies and their love of free jazz, funk, rock, and more, into Hasidic New Wave. The group's other stable members included Aaron Alexander, Fima Ephron, and David Fiuczynski. The band began playing in earnest the same year -- 1993 -- that John Zorn had founded Tzadik; they instantly fit into his Radical Jewish Culture project, and the rest is history. Included in this beautiful box are all four of the group's original albums -- Jews and the Abstract Truth, Psycho-Semitic, Kabalogy, and From the Belly of Abraham (an album issued in collaboration with Alioune Faye and Yakar Rhythms). The fifth disc assembles live and rare recordings. The first two of these eight tracks feature the earliest incarnation of the band with Shlomo Deshet on drums and Bentsi Gaffni on electric bass, playing live in Köln, Germany in 1993. Especially noteworthy is "New York Debkas," for its experiments with tone, mode, and rhythm. The next three cuts also feature Sarah Parkins on violin and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello. Recorded live at the Knitting Factory, these are tunes of exceptional energy, varying textures, and outstanding group interplay (check HNW + Strings' "Al-Asfour Al-Majnoun"). The final three tunes are unreleased studio recordings with the last quintet with Fiuczynski, Ephron, and Alexander. While any of these selections could have been used on the records they recorded together, it is "Holem Tza'adi" (recorded to benefit the Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society) that stands out for its variation, slow modal opening, and explosive middle section. It is housed in the usual excellent Tzadik packaging, with extensive liner notes (original notes, cover art, etc., are included too). What's most remarkable, however, is how fresh and exciting and forward-thinking this music sounds two decades later and realizing once more how totally influential it has been.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/27/2012
Label: Tzadik
UPC: 0702397817123
catalogNumber: 8171
Rank: 142813

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hasidic New Wave   Primary Artist
Kenny Davis   Bass
Gary Lucas   Guitar
Anthony Coleman   Organ
Fima Ephron   Bass
David Fiuczynski   Guitar
Ben Goldberg   Bass Clarinet
Fred Lonberg-Holm   Cello
Frank London   Organ,Trumpet
Vinnie Nobile   Trombone,Vocals
Aaron Alexander   Drums,Djembe
Shlomo Deshet   Percussion,Drums
Bentsi Gaffni   Bass
Greg Wall   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jamie Saft   Organ
Alioune Faye   Drums,Djembe
Sascha von Oertzen   Vocals
Sarah Parkins   Violin

Technical Credits

Hanns Eisler   Liner Notes
Jello Biafra   Composer
Kramer   Producer,Engineer
Fima Ephron   Composer
David Fiuczynski   Composer
Ben Goldberg   Composer
Frank London   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Tony Maimone   Producer,Engineer
Vinnie Nobile   Producer,Engineer
John Zorn   Executive Producer
Aaron Alexander   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Concept,Introduction
Greg Wall   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Michael Macioce   Cover Photo
Brett Heinz   Producer,Engineer
Mike King   Cover Image
Matt Seitz   Engineer
Liz Leggett   Cover Design
Randy Crafton   Engineer
Michael Wex   Liner Notes
Alioune Faye   Tama
David Bias   Cover Design
Oliver Neumann   Engineer
Hasidic New Wave   Arranger,Composer
Peter Karl   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
WDR   Engineer
Lian Amber   Composer
Heung-Heung Chin   Reissue Design
Sascha von Oertzen   Engineer
Rob Harari   Engineer
James Romberger   Illustrations
Jake Marmer   Liner Notes

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