October 15, 2010 – 11:55 am

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London 2010 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Ronnie Scott’s, London; October 1, 2010. Very good digital radio broadcast.

Born in Israel and served in the Israeli military, Gilad Atzmon moved to London in 1994. Six years later, he formed the Orient House Ensemble to explore his interest in the music of the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe in the context of jazz. To get a flavour of the music, check out the title track of the new album, The Tide Has Changed, and, anyway, Ravel’s Bolero, given a workout here, has always had that Middle Eastern feel.

Apart from being a noted jazz saxophonist and music teacher, Atzmon has spoken, time and again, against Israel’s injustices against the Palestinian people.

To coincide with the band’s 10th anniversary tour, the group took the opportunity on October 1 at Ronnie Scott’s in London to launch their new album.

In a radio interview, presenter Jez Nelson asked Atzmon: “Some people say that you are given a platform to perform your music because of your political views. Does that tension frustrates what you are doing in any way? Do you find that difficult?”

This was Atzmon’s reply:

To be honest with you there is an endless attempt to silence me… I’m happy to say there’s not a single concert of mine has ever been cancelled or postponed. There are endless attempts to smear me. I’m used to it. I believe in what I’m doing… because I want to live in a better world. I’m an anti-racist activist and I would obviously oppose any form of racism against Jews for Jews but I do oppose Jewish politics… I’m happy to pay the price for saying it.

It is very important for me to mention that I’m not driven by politics. I don’t care about politics. I despise politicians in general. I don’t like any of them. I’m concerned about humanist issues. The new album is called The Tide Has Changed because I do believe more and more people are now attuned to the Palestinian plight. But when I composed the tune I didn’t call it The Tide Has Changed. I listened to it and this is what it meant to me…

Thanks to tom_phillips for recording and sharing the tracks on Dime; and to fastone for the artwork. tom also noted: “Re-positioned interview to keep music continuous and cut down the announcer.”

These tracks are no longer available for download.

Track 00. Gilad Atzmon Interview + Intro (9.06)
Track 01. We Lament (8.22)
Track 02. The Tide Has Changed (12.38)
Track 03. Bolero (7.31)
Track 04. London To Gaza (13.42)
Track 05. Rearranging the 20th Century (12.11)
Track 06. All the Way to Montenegro (8.24)
Track 07. What A Wonderful World (4.19)

Gilad Atzmon - saxophones, clarinet
Frank Harrison - piano
Yaron Stavi - double bass
Eddie Hick - drums

Click on the link to order The Tide Has Changed.
Click here: Gilad Atzmon and Robert Wyatt - Palestine, music and cultural resistance.
Visit Gilad Atzmon’s homepage at

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UPDATE December 14, 2010

Please kindly remove any links to the following tracks on your blog. These are all copyrighted and released by World Village UK and Gilad Atzmon and are not authorised.

Dom Christophers
World Village UK
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London E2 9DQ

  1. 6 Responses to “GILAD ATZMON - LONDON 2010”

  2. Looking forward to hearing this. I bought the first albums when the band played regularly at Jagz club in Ascot. Was it really 10 years ago? Gilad is a top man and a fantastic musician. Thanks BigO.

    By Big Trev on Oct 15, 2010

  3. hey bigo, this sounds interesting. i’m not familiar with him, though. is it bop jazz or avant jazz?


    By Ed Saad on Oct 15, 2010

  4. He has a new album with Robert Wyatt and Ros Stephen, doing mostly standards. It is called “For the Ghosts Within” and it is excellent!

    By Ken CF on Oct 15, 2010

  5. This is neither bop nor avant jazz. Gilad manages the trick of making music which is accessible and easy to listen to (for the jazz fan at leats), yet at the same time is original and exciting. And if you get the chance to see him live, don’t miss it. He’s a magnetic performer, but also funny, warm and engaging.

    By Tony B on Oct 21, 2010

  6. Thanks for this, I tried to record it from the BBC but messed it up. I have a lot of respect for Gilad as an activist. I read his articles about Palestine often. As a now ex-jew and Israeli his words have special meaning.

    That he is a musician too is a bonus. His music is excellent, although not the kind of jazz I would usually listen to. I want to hear his work with Robert Wyatt.

    By Jonathan Smith on Oct 21, 2010

  7. hey bigo, thanks! i thought, this was pretty good. at first, i wasn’t sure cause we lament is kind of mellow. then it picks up. i liked the middle eastern, klezmer and avant at times vibe it does have like with the bow. i would still probably put jazz for genre, though.

    according to the net, it’s bolero at sunrise and re-arranging the 20th century. i will go back and put gilad atzmon & orient house ensemble.


    By Ed Saad on Oct 24, 2010

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