This nine piece klez funk rock jazz ensemble performs original compositions and arrangements combining West African influenced rhythms with Eastern European Klezmer melodies.
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Label: Afro Klezmer Music
Catalog ID: 4thWard
Squidco Product Code: 16959
Packaging: Digipack, not sealed
Recorded at Griffin Mastering, Atlanta, GA in November, 2008 and June, 2009 by Chris Griffin.
Jeff Crompton-alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, clarinet, marimba
Bill Nittler-baritone saxophone, clarinet, alto saxophone
Eric Fontaine-tenor saxophone
Ben Davis-tenor saxophone
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"Ben Davis is a cellist from the United Kingdom known for his improvisation. His group Basquiat Strings was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2007. He is a member of the F-IRE Collective.
Ben Davis' self-stated aim is to make "alternative string music that people want to listen to". His group, Basquiat Strings, originated as a standard string quartet (two violins, a viola and a cello). Only later did cellist Davis decide to add double bass "to strengthen the rhythmic accompaniment". Basquiat Strings were nominated for the 2007 Mercury Prize.
Ben Davis studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later at the Banff School of Fine Arts with Dave Holland.
He has since pursued a varied musical career encompassing classical, world, pop, early music and jazz. He has performed with Django Bates, Hassan Erraji, The Dufay Collective, Evan Parker, Christine Tobin, Steve Buckley, Huw Warren, Jason Yarde, Kylie Minogue, Julian Joseph, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the R. S. C. He has recorded with Claire Martin, Jamiroquai, Ingrid Laubrock, Oriole, Julia Biel, Patricia Kass, D-Influence and the Ben Davis Group, which was featured on BBC Radio 3's Jazz On 3 programme. He recently completed a world tour with the French super-star, Patricia Chass and also formed The Jazz Cello Trio featuring Phil Robson. Ben Davis also teaches jazz cello and has led workshops for kids."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Davis_(cellist)#Albums_as_a_sideman)
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1. Yemenite Tanz 4:13
2. Oy Tate firm Mir tsu JoBerg 5:50
3. Fiddler Intro 0:07
4. Fiddler on the Roof 3:20
5. Die Silver Wedding Die 6:52
6. Abdul Intro 0:10
7. Abdul the Rabbi 3:28
8. Yesh Li Gan 5:55
9. Toco Hills Kiddush Club 2:45
10. Doina Blues 7:04
11. Der Stazi 3:54
12. Gracias 0:06
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"Internationally acclaimed 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra a nine piece klez funk rock jazz ensemble performing original compositions and arrangements combining West African influenced rhythms with Eastern European Klezmer melodies. The 4th Ward A.K.O., boasts a roster of extraordinary, veteran Atlanta, talent. 4WAKO play the klezmer-music-Afro-Pop Mingus-Zappa-jazz. Fantastic funky jazz grooves, with the old school klezmer tunes .Abdul the Rabbi, the latest release from the 4th Ward A.K.O. features a range of eclectic styles, from Klezmer to jazz to funk, to rock. Voted Best Jazz Group by Creative Loafing , 4th Ward A.K.O., IS one of the best and most original bands performing today."-4th Ward
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