Rashanim (4)

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Rashanim is one of the most exciting young bands exploring New Jewish Music. Combining the intensity of rock with the spontaneity of improvisation, deep Middle Eastern grooves, and mystical Jewish melodies, their first three CDs on Tzadik are some of the most popular on the label.

For their fourth release they go unplugged, delivering a powerful acoustic recording that is perhaps their best to date. Lyrical and beautiful, Rashanim joyfully celebrates the Jewish experience with passion, lyricism and a profound sensitivity.

(Amazon) Fourth CD by Rashanim, and a truly masterpiece this is. Jon Madof and company go for acoustic on this one, and if you think the electrical outings of the previous cds won’t translate so good into a more intimate and lyrical recording, you should listen to this. Here you will find the same intesity and improvisation of their other records, but with a different quality to them, more delicate and yet with all the energy they’re capable of. Both three musicians stand out, Madof taking care of most of the soloing but with great help from Blumenkranz.

Even if you’re not into jewish music at all, this should appeal to anybody with an ear to fine rock/jazz/eastern music and guitar improvisation. Delightful to hear.

Rashanim is a trio of guitar, bass and drums/percussion combining the power of rock with the spontaneity of improvisation, deep Middle Eastern grooves, and mystical Jewish melodies. The ‘Jewish power trio’ is led by Jon Madof on guitar and includes Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony Braxton) on bass and Mathias Künzli (Lauryn Hill) on drums and percussion. The band gets its name from the noisemakers used during the raucous Jewish holiday of  Purim.

Jon Madof guitar
Mathias Künzli drums, percussion
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz electric bass

“[L]ike you’ve invited Dick Dale to do the music at your bar mitzvah.”
NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday with Liane Hansen

“Hebraic motifs abound in [Rashanim’s] interplay…Hendrix and metal are lurking around in there too, and this mix can be electrifying”
The Village Voice

“Rashanim is one of the hottest young bands in the New Jewish Renaissance.”
John Zorn

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Album: The Gathering by Rashanim

Price: $9.99
Genres: Jazz, Music
Released: Jul 28, 2009 ℗ 2009 Tzadik

To buy CD/listen to samples click here (iTunes)


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