Alberto Mizrahi & Trio Globo | Matzah to Menorah: A Holiday Jazz Celebration (feat. Howard Levy, Eugene Friesen & Glen Velez)

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Matzah to Menorah: A Holiday Jazz Celebration (feat. Howard Levy, Eugene Friesen & Glen Velez)

by Alberto Mizrahi & Trio Globo

A collection of music for Passover and Hanukkah. Features the voice of Alberto Mizrahi, a leading force in Jewish music throughout the world and Trio Globo, a group with a totally original voice in contemporary acoustic jazz.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Abastava a Nos
Alberto Mizrahi & Trio Globo
1:11 $0.99
2. Dayenu
Alberto Mizrahi & Trio Globo
4:14 $0.99
3. B'tzet Yisrael (Chant)
Alberto Mizrahi & Trio Globo
3:32 $0.99
4. B'tzet Yisrael (Livorno Tradition)
Alberto Mizrahi & Trio Globo
3:57 $0.99
5. Miriam's Prophecy
Alberto Mizrahi & Trio Globo
5:12 $0.99
6. Odecha Ki Aniani
Alberto Mizrahi & Trio Globo
4:37 $0.99
7. Un Cavretico
Alberto Mizrahi & Trio Globo
7:07 $0.99
8. Eliyahu Hanavi
Alberto Mizrahi & Trio Globo
3:11 $0.99
9. Oy, Chanukkah
Alberto Mizrahi & Trio Globo
2:59 $0.99
10. My Yemalel
Alberto Mizrahi & Trio Globo
4:29 $0.99
11. S'vivon, Sov, Sov, Sov
Alberto Mizrahi & Trio Globo
2:24 $0.99
12. Ma'oz Tzur
Alberto Mizrahi & Trio Globo
1:57 $0.99
13. Ocho Kandelikas
Alberto Mizrahi & Trio Globo
3:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
Alberto Mizrahi - Voice
Howard Levy - Piano and Diatonic Harmonicas
Eugene Friesen -  Cello  (vocal on " S'vivon")
Glen Velez - Frame Drums and Percussion (and throat singing on "Abastav A Nos")

A collection of music for Passover and Hanukkah bringing together one of the great contemporary voices of Jewish music and one of the greatest acoustic jazz trios of our time. Their collaboration and virtuosity brings new life and energy to these already beloved classic songs.

From All About Jazz:

"There is a well-established legacy of fusing the sacred with the secular in jazz. Pianist Duke Ellington's Concert of Sacred Music (RCA, 1966) is, perhaps, the most ceremonial example of this but there is a myriad of other recordings. Guitarist Grant Green's gospel-inspired Feelin' the Spirit (Blue Note, 1962), pianist/harpist Alice Coltrane's exploration of Hinduism and beyond on Universal Consciousness (Impulse!, 1972) and saxophonist Pharoah Sanders' nod to Islam with the classic Summun Bukmun Umyun (Impulse!, 1970), are a few of the more freewheeling expressions of this musical relationship.

With Matzah to Menorah: A Holiday Jazz Celebration, classically trained tenor Alberto Mizrahi brings a jazzy spontaneity to the rich and long tradition of Jewish song. Accompanied by Trio Globo, Mizrahi—who is a hazzan or cantor at Chicago's Anshe Emet Synagogue—sings eight tunes associated with the Passover Seder, four with the Hannukah celebration and cedes leadership to the trio on one.

The first set originates from Andalusia, Eastern Europe, Asia Minor and Italy. This diversity of folkloric heritage, as well as the innovative delivery, makes for an intriguing listen. "B'Tzet Yisrael (Chant)" is a solemn interpretation of Psalm 14. Mizrahi's haunting and monophonic vocals bear strong elements of both Gregorian liturgy and Judaic religious music. Harmonicist Howard Levy punctuates the piece with his deep notes, underscored by cellist Eugene Friesen's wistful drone, creating an atmosphere both ancient and timeless.

Much like with their lineage, the orchestration of these canticles shows a fascinating mix of motifs while maintaining a common team of spirituality. "Dayenu" has hints of American folk music, especially in Levy's harmonica solo and up-tempo, ragged piano, while Mizrahi's evocative singing on "Odecha Ki Aniani" is as passionate as that of a Delta blues shouter, albeit much more burnished, its melody possessing elements of both Jewish and Islamic mysticism.

The last five tracks are more lighthearted but no less creative. The delightful "Ocho Kandelikas" features Mizrahi's soaring and agile voice over pianist Levy's darkly sweet lines, percussionist Glen Velez's tango rhythms and Friesen's melancholic cello. On the instrumental "Mi Yemalel," Levy's fluidly complex mouth harp, Friesen's almost guttural bowing and Velez's unpredictable and angular percussion create a vibrant ambience.

Mizrahi and his band mates have created an engaging and stimulating harmonic amalgam that spans both geography and history."



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