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John Zorn & Mycale - Mycale: Book of Angels, Volume 13 (2010) {Tzadik TZ 7378}

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John Zorn & Mycale - Mycale: Book of Angels, Volume 13 (2010) {Tzadik TZ 7378}

John Zorn & Mycale - Mycale: Book of Angels, Volume 13 (2010) {Tzadik TZ 7378}
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Jazz / A cappella / Vocal Jazz / Klezmer / Avant-Garde / Yiddish

Get ready for a whole new approach to Masada music! Expressive and passionate, Basya Schecter, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Malika Zarra and Sofia Rei Koutsovitis are four of the most creative vocalists around. Each the leader of a dynamic band of their own, they come together here in an intimate a cappella setting to interpret eleven songs from Zorn's remarkable Book of Angels. With lyrics in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, French and Arabic drawn from Rumi, Fernando Pessoa, The Hebrew Bible and more, the Masada vocal project is perhaps the most hauntingly beautiful installments in the entire Angels series. Dynamic and evocative New Jewish Music from four powerful women vocalists!
A record that stands out as unique even amongst the vast catalog of John Zorn and various interpretations of the Masada songbook, "Mycale" presents eleven cuts from the Book of Angels in a capella form, arranged and performed by four female singers– Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Basya Schechter (leader of the superb Pharaoh's Daughter), Sofía Rei Koutsovitis and Malika Zarra. The Masada songbook– a series of jazz heads written using "Jewish scales"– has perhaps never been worked in this fashion, producing a fantastic, albeit brief (33 minutes) record.

From the opener, it's obvious this is something to catch your attention– "Uzziel" opens with a percussive backing vocal, a single voice lead (by Schecter in this case) eventually doubled before settling into a great groove with a lead voice supported by three part harmonies. At times relaxed, at times pastoral, at times explosive and always captivating, it's truly remarkable that all of this ends up packed into the just over three minute opener.

And really it sets the pace for the record– each piece seems to encompass dozens of sounds and feels. At its best, the pieces are downright transcendent, the vocals staggering in their power in the way only a human voice can be– even when one can't understand the language sung ("Tarshish", which burrows straight into you) and while completely unlike anything else in the Masada catalog, readily identifiable AS Masada ("Tehom"). The pieces feature remarkable use of space ("Ahaha"), diversity ("El El", whose call-and-response middle section is a true joy), locomotive-like energy ("Rumiel") and traditional Masada drama ("Natiel").

Curiously, this record feels like a beginning– I listened to it literally dozens of times since I've picked it up, it's a great, great album, but perhaps a bit frustratingly, it feels like it's barely scratching the surface. These four women, all possessing of extraordinary voices, are clearly onto something here and while it's excellent, it seems to me that this can get even better. Hopefully, this ensemble will put out other records in the future. Highly recommended.
John Zorn & Mycale - Mycale: Book of Angels, Volume 13 (2010) {Tzadik TZ 7378}


Personnel:
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb: Voice
Sofia Rei Koutsovitis: Voice
Basya Schecter: Voice
Malika Zarra: Voice

All music composed by John Zorn

tracklist:
01 - Uzziel
02 - Ahaha
03 - El El
04 - Tehom
05 - Moloch
06 - Balam
07 - Melech
08 - Tarshish
09 - Asaph
10 - Rumiel
11 - Natiel

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John Zorn & Mycale - Mycale: Book of Angels, Volume 13 (2010) {Tzadik TZ 7378}

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