July 31, 2011 – 4:55 am

The Gilad Atzmon with Strings project makes a brief stop at the BBC.

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with the Orient House Ensemble and the Sigamos String Quartet
BBC Radio 3 “In Tune” 2011 [no label, 1CD]

Live in London, July 11, 2011. From BBC Radio 3 HD stream at 320kbps. Ex stereo.

When Charlie Parker first released Charlie Parker With Strings, there was disquiet that the great saxman was pushing for greater sales. The With Strings album was all covers of popular standards. Over the years, Charlie Parker With Strings has been seen as a satisfying combination of cool jazz with strings that worked for many fans.

Gilad Atzmon has not been blind to its power. He is currently touring as Gilad Atzmon With Strings and bringing along the Sigamos String Quartet. Together they cover much of the songs Parker did. Atzmon has said of Charlie Parker With Strings that he “loved the way the music is both beautiful and subversive - the way (Parker) basks in the strings but also fights against them.”

For the BBC show, John Turville sits in on piano. Tonight’s Sigamos Quartet are multi-talented. Leader Ros Stephen is here as is Lizzie Ball who is also in Nigel Kennedy’s Orchestra Of Life. They add the lushness to the Orient House Ensemble’s blues. The encore of most of his shows, Laura, also closes this all too-brief performance for radio. Unfortunately, the three songs chosen were not ripe for extensive soloing. You’ll have to go for one of the live shows to get the experience.

A great big thanks to UncleBoko who shared this show at Dime.
- Professor Red

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Track 01. Introduction (10.5MB)
Track 02. Everything Happens to Me (Tom Adair and Matt Dennis arranged by Gilad Atzmon) (10.0MB)
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Track 03. What Is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter arranged by Gilad Atzmon) (14.0MB)
Track 04. Talk (Gilad Atzmon and Ros Stephen) (8.1MB)
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Track 05. Laura (David Raksin arranged by Gilad Atzmon) (12.3MB)
Track 06. Outro (911k)

Gilad Atzmon - saxophone
Yaron Stavi - double bass
John Turville - piano
Eddie Hick - drums

The Sigamos String Quartet features:
Ros Stephen - violin
Laura Moody - cello
Lizzie Ball - violin
Alexander Urquhart - viola

If you want more get The Tide Has Changed. Released late last year, the BBC called this album “like Charlie Parker playing Arabic funk in a Weimar cabaret, egged on by The Blockheads”. Get it here.

If you have money to spare, get the album that inspired Gilad, Charlie Parker With Strings. Buy it here.

Visit Gilad Atzmon’s homepage at

  1. 8 Responses to “TO BIRD, FLY, FLY, FLY”

  2. Cool jazz can be good. I’ll try it out @ 320kbps.


    Shouldn’t track 3 be-
    “What is this thing called? Love.”

    Benny Hill

    By Sking on Jul 31, 2011

  3. hey sking, put this:

    i am, when i download this in the morning.

    did you download the ronnie scott’s show last year? i think, it’s good. i don’t like it as much as mary halvorson or carla kihlstedt, but i play it walking.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 31, 2011

  4. No Ed,
    Somehow I missed that one. And I don’t miss much here. And they did Bolero on that one. I just looked it up. Did you like it?

    By Sking on Jul 31, 2011

  5. hey sking, yeah, i like the ronnie scott’s gilad show. it’s mostly jazz but avant at times with the bow.

    a good one bigo offered 3 years ago was brotherhood consort. it’s mostly french players i’m unfamiliar with, but it’s good.

    download all the mary halvorson shows. there is a london trio show, willisau trio show, ingrid laubrock anti-house show from london, and there were 3 braxton shows offered she is on. i have all them and then some. i wrote her a list once of all the shows i have of hers. it’s long. :)

    i got a mary and jessica show, and it’s in my library. however, i can’t get it to play on my ipod. it’s the weirdest thing. i have three other albums that won’t play on my ipod too. they’re mp3’s and play fine in itunes and in media player just won’t play on my ipod.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 31, 2011

  6. hey bigo, this is pretty good. thanks!


    By Ed Saad on Jul 31, 2011

  7. Cool jazz just curls my toes. Mellow vibes to keep the mad bad world at bay. Cheers Bigo.

    By Creatist on Feb 9, 2012

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