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For the last twelve years, maverick, award-winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and his Orient House Ensemble have been touring all over the world, stunning audiences with firebrand performances packed with drama, pathos, luscious harmonies and wit. Songs of the Metropolis, Atzmon's second release for the World Village label, offers a sweeping homage to the world's great cities, from Moscow to Buenos Aires and beyond. Each tune is at once reminiscent and hopeful; in a time of great uncertainty and turbulence, Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble deliver melodies that provide an anchor to wherever it is that we call home.


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  1. Paris 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Tel Aviv 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Buenos Aires 7:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Vienna 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Manhattan 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Scarborough10:04Album Only
  7. Moscow 6:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Somewhere in Italy 6:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Berlin 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 12, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Le Chant Du Monde
  • ASIN: B00A7CP9DE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Partial to Truth on March 12, 2013
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Atzmon's newest release, Songs of the Metropolis, is a must in any jazz lover's collection.
"Multireedsman" but primarily a superb saxophone player, Atzmon has produced a bouquet of homages to some of the greatest cities of the world, their music and their culture.
Stick with Atzmon, he'll take you places! Places like Paris, Tell Aviv, Buenos Aires, Vienna, Manhattan, Moscow, "Somewhere in Italy," Berlin and yes, Scarborough too.

Atzmon's "Paris" is sweet and flavorful as a madeleine, without being maudlin. It is the love story between a tender yet confident sax and a lovingly attentive and crystalline piano (Frank Harrison). It is a madeleine that makes the search for "lost time" a worthwhile endeavor. The sax finale has the long finish of the best, properly aged French wine.

"Tel Aviv"'s staccato with brief, subtle allusions to oriental tones pulls off the remarkable evocation of declarative purpose and oneiric longing, to which the percussion accompaniment (Eddie Hicks) adds a sabra robustness.

"Buenos Aires" is a haunting piece, like a somber milonga danced late at night somewhere in La Boca while the waiters are already putting he chairs up on the tables. The sad, tuneful refrain makes you want to add lyrics to it. "Porqué me haces eso? Porqué a mi?" would fit.

"Vienna" is dainty and refined, intricate and pretty like a lace ball gown twirled in an elegant waltz. Great piano and percussion weaving, through which the sax erupts with gentle precision.

"Manhattan" moves in a way that reminds you why the phrase "a New York minute" was invented. The saxophone brackets the rhythm changes and describes the mood" confident, ebullient and climbing steadily with no pause for doubts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mihaela pres on January 31, 2013
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As usual ( by now),Gilad Atzmon delights the listener with high quality music,this time a more eclectic melanje...BRAVO and thank you!!!
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Songs of the Metropolis has strong influences of Yiddish Klezmer music which may be a deliberate paean on the part of Gilad Atzmon whose has ancestral roots are in eastern Europe. He was undoubtedly immersed in the cultural of the Pale while growing up in the Zionist project of Israel.
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Atzmon is TALLENTED , as a writer and philosopher and a superb musician!
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