Cleveland Jewish News
Sunday, December 01, 2002
This is acoustic guitarist Tim Sparks' third record exploring Jewish melody on John Zorn's Tzadik label. Zorn, an avant-garde jazz composer, often showcases little-known musicians delving into their Jewish roots. Everything from punk-rock-inflected klezmer and free-form jazz based on Hasidic nigunim (melodies) are the norm on Tzadik records.
The latest album from Sparks includes the well-known Marc Ribot on backing guitar. Many of the tracks on this all-instrumental album are traditional klezmer tunes, smoothed out by Sparks' acoustic treatment.
Naftule Brandwein's "Fun Tashlich," for instance, wouldn't be out of place on Smooth Jazz 107.3. Also featured are a traditional Jewish Yemenite song, a Sephardic melody from Greece, and an original John Zorn composition. The album's songs flow together creating a mellow, relaxing, groovy kind of vibe. Sparks' experienced arrangements and technique shine through a diverse selection of music.
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