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Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

Zebrina: Hamidbar Medaber (Tzadik)

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If Miles Davis had been Jewish, his breakthrough fusion albums recorded as the ’60s tumbled into the ’70s might have sounded like Zebrina. On Hamidbar Medaber, released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label, Zebrina fuses propulsive rhythms, improvisation, knockout electric guitars and klezmer modes complete with wailing clarinet. Like Davis, Zebrina explores the spaces in between—the moments of solitude between the ecstatic leap of notes. The electric keyboard playing of bandleader Jonathan Feldman flows like the best Chick Corea.