David Chevan and Warren Byrd | Let Us Break Bread Together: Further Explorations of the Afro-Semitic Experience

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Let Us Break Bread Together: Further Explorations of the Afro-Semitic Experience

by David Chevan and Warren Byrd

Gorgeous jazz. A piano and bass duo who interpret Jewish and African-American Sacred music.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Let Us Break Bread Together
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2. Oseh Shalom (take 2)
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3. How Much More (of Life's Burdens Must We Bear)
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4. Eliyahu HaNavi
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5. Little David, Play on Your Harp
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6. Etz Chaim Hi (modern version)
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7. If I Can Help Somebody
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8. Etz Chaim Hi (traditional version)
3:41 $0.99
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9. Soon I Will Be Done
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10. Hineh Mah Tov
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11. Oseh Shalom (take 1)
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Gorgeous jazz. A piano and bass duo who interpret Jewish and African-American Sacred music.

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Ez Weiss Of Blues Connotation

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This CD reminds me of the Charlie Haden/Hank Jones Spirituals CD. The playing is excellent, the recording quality is excellent -- the bass sounds really good. And it's cool to hear the Jewish songs in a jazz setting, as well as the traditional gospel music. Great CD!
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Nia

Perfect for get togethers with family and friends
Loved it
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Martin Goldsmith, Former Host And Senior Commentator For Npr's P

Leave it to the artists among us to heal the breach
Leave it to the artists among us to heal the breach. On their new CD, "Let Us Break Bread Together: Further Explorations of the Afro-Semitic Experience", pianist Warren Byrd and double bassist David Chevan explore and celebrate the musical ties that have bound these two traditions together across centuries of suffering and redemption. Listening to this CD is a bit like checking out a funky little club in the basement of a church or shul. Or listening to a sermon on a bus ride headed South.
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Bob Blumenthal, The Boston Globe

a CD of heartfelt inter-denominational duets
a CD of heartfelt inter-denominational duets
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George Robinson, The Jewish Voice

intelligent and thoughtful music, and I recommend it highly
Communication on the most elemental level and yet, at the same time, the most elevated . . . "Let Us Break" is an excellent record of intelligent and thoughtful music, and I recommend it highly. 4 ½ stars!
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Willard Jenkins, Open Sky

a jazz recording well beyond the ordinary!
a jazz recording well beyond the ordinary, run-of-the-mill new record release
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Richard Kamins, Hartford Courant

such joy in the duo's delivery
The up-tempo numbers have a zing and the slower pieces resonate sweetly. Byrd's rolling piano lines and rich chords are compelling, calling for repeated listening. Chevan's bass not only has a supportive role but serves as percussion (on the faster pieces) and counterpoint (especially on the slower tunes.) Yes, there are several jazzy takes on Jewish prayers but there is such joy in the duo's delivery it's hard to find fault with their interpretations.
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Nils Jacobson, All About Jazz.com

no reason not to tap your toes
more a joyous celebration of diversity than it is any kind of solemn piece of gravity. . . "Let Us Break Bread Together" successfully accomplishes its goal of combining African-American and Jewish experiences, offering a mixture of music which can be appreciated from any cultural perspective. And there's no reason not to tap your toes while the music dances forward.
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Bob Cumming, Hometown Publications

a magical mix of music
The bonding . . . is unbeatable. It's a bond that's wholesomely natural, appropriately spiritual and inevitably unbreakable. It's truly the kind of bond in which it's worth investing. Imagine: All that jazz coming from two dudes on two instruments-love links to God. Listening angels might call it a magical mix of music . . . That's quite a combo!
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Ari Davidow, Www.klezmershack.com


The duo... is a pleasure to watch. This album is a pleasureful capturing of that experience. It's jazz, and good listening jazz, but it's also a reminder of shared history and sacred space, something that is good to encounter when done this well.
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