Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes
Guitarist Yoshie Fruchter is back with his self-described “punkassjewjazz,” a micro-genre that involves melding Jewish modes with hellacious grunge-rock grooves. Fruchter joins violinist Jeremy Brown on the frontline as bassist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz and powerhouse drummer Kevin Zubek grind with gut-wrenching intensity underneath. This collection of tunes, including the hardcore numbers as well as the solo experimental guitar blast of “Confusion of the Heart” and the joyous, surf-ish number “Vos Zogt Ir,” is intended as a sonic homage to Yom Kippur. Fruchter, an observant Jew, has a fuzz box and a yarmulke, and he’s going to utilize and honor both.