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Gilad Atzmon

Gilad Atzmon

Saxophonist Gilad Atzmon pledges allegiance to Coltrane, Parker, Adderley and Brecker, asserting, “I am at heart a bebop player,” but believes he was born in the wrong time and the wrong place. The wrong time because “Jazz, the musical language I understand the best, has become a retrospective art form rather than authentic expression,” and in the wrong place because, “I was brought up in a small colonial nationalistic province in the eastern corner of the Mediterranean Sea.”

Raised in Israel as a secular Jew, Atzmon remained in the country of his birth until his early 30s before moving to London, where he quickly established himself as an exciting new voice on the European jazz scene. He’s equally fluent on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes, clarinet, flutes and the sol (a Turkish clarinet) and zurna (a primitive double-reed instrument). After two highly acclaimed albums on the Enja label-2000’s Gilad Atzmon & the Orient House Ensemble and 2001’s Nostalgico-his latest album, Exile (Justin Time/Enja), represents an important milestone in his musical career to date.

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