Friday, August 10, 2012

ABRAXAS @ The Stone 8/3/12

We are blessed with yet another phenomenal new band.  They rehearsed together a couple of times, recorded a Masada cd, and now the first live gig.  You would never know - didn't this band and cd always exist?  I put it up there with any other Masada project, Banquet of Spirits, and Rashanim.  That means they are pretty damn good.  Shanir played the gimbri, also know as sintir (Micro from Club d'Elf plays it).  There was one tune that reminded me of John Zorn's The Dreamers.  Eyal and Aram sounded great together.  The whole thing was phenomenal.

Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz - ABRAXAS - John Zorn’s Masada: Book of Angels Vol. 19 — CD RELEASE CONCERT! Aram Bajakian (guitars) Eyal Maoz (guitars) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (gimbri) Kenny Grohowski (drums) ABRAXAS: Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz steps out on his own to make one of the most primal and tribal installments in the “Book of Angels”’ series. Drawing on his Sephardic roots, Shanir plays gimbri throughout, giving the music a primeval Moroccan edge. Featuring the intense guitar pyrotechnics of Eyal Maoz and Aram Bajakian (who recently has been tearing it up in Lou Reed’s new band) and the atavistic drumming of Kenny Grohowski, this is Ritualistic Jewish Rock for the 21st century by a brilliant young lion from the East Village via Brooklyn/Israel! 

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