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"His version of a Malian jazz hybrid includes traces of Middle Eastern modality as well as ebullient swing rhythm ... Mr. Etkin has no trouble keeping his stylistic bearings." -- New York Times

"Imagine this: a hip-hop beat meted out by handmade percussion, a balafon (a West African wooden xylophone-like instrument), a small string section playing pentatonic scales, and a bass clarinet lurking its way around all this. That only begins to describe Oran Etkin's one-of-a-kind mosaic of First and Third World cultures." -- jazz.com

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  • Audio CD (June 9, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motema Music
  • ASIN: B0027WNOG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,777 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Oran Ektin has been described as a "great clarinet player" and "an excellent improviser" by the New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff and a "composer of eminent individuality" by his mentor and teacher, the legendary Yusef Lateef. Etkin's music has been recognized with a GRAMMY Award (for the compilation All About Bullies which includes 2 of Oran's ... Read more in Amazon's Oran Etkin Store

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By greg taylor VINE VOICE on June 19, 2009
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Let's face it. The world is weird. There seems to be all this economic pressure to conform. In music that basically means taking on the sound de jour. It seems as if indigenous musics all over the world are disappearing as we speak. And while that is undoubtably true, another truth is that the constant mixtures of different cultural traditions can result in some weird new beauty.
All of which is my way of starting to talk about Oran Etkin. I believe he is American and of Jewish heritage. He grew up obsessed with Louis Armstrong, listening to Isreali and Jewish musics. He started to study saxophone with George Garzone at age 14 and at age 19 he started studying the music of Mali. He lived in Mali for awhile as part of that study. Since coming back to the US, he has played continuously with Balla Kouyate (a balafon player) and Makane Kouyate (calabash and singer). That core trio expanded into a quartet with the addition of Joe Sanders on bass. Some variation of those four are on all the compositions on this CD but the final one which is a short clarinet piece with overdubs by Etkin.
In addition to the core quartet, they are joined by Lional Louke on compositions 3,4 and 5. John Benitez plays bass on 2,4,and 6. Abdoulaye diabate provides vocals on tracks 1 and 3. Mohamed "Joh" Sidi Camara plays an assortment of instruments on several tracks. Most interesting to my ears was the cello of Jessie Marino and the violin of Sara Caswell overdubbed to provide a string quartet for track New Dwelling.
A pretty interesting instrumentation, yes?
What is so interesting about musicians like Etkin is that his compositions go far beyond a facile mix of styles. Etkin hears his music as being put together out of many seperate traditions yet still being deeply sunk in each tradition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Barron on November 1, 2010
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Saw Oren & Co. yesterday at the Israeli JazzPhest in Philadelphia and was mesmerized. I bought this CD and was not disappointed. Excellent music. Something completely new and different, and yet it feels so comfortable and accessible. The mixture of instruments is so unusual but the meld beautifully.

Highly recommended!
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By CARL C. on January 10, 2015
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good item
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