Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop
The Knitting Factory has always been known as the epicenter of New York City's avant-garde jazz scene. But the city's also known for having a diverse ethnic landscape, and the rhythms of non-Western music are as common in ... more »
The Knitting Factory has always been known as the epicenter of New York City's avant-garde jazz scene. But the city's also known for having a diverse ethnic landscape, and the rhythms of non-Western music are as common in the air there as the pigeons. Mixing these two styles together, Pachora is a band of multitalented players not limited to the instruments of a high school band. Besides clarinet, bass, and snare drum, this group's equipment list also includes tamboura, banjar, tres, and other instruments you wouldn't recognize even if you were being beaten to death with them. Which isn't the approach here. Instead, Pachora gently mix Middle Eastern rhythms and percussion with jazzy clarinet. Which might sound like a conflict waiting to happen, except that one vibe usually wins out. When the clarinet isn't taking on an acrobatic, Mideast tone, it becomes more subdued, leavening the entire mood. --Paul Semel
Voice of Chunk | NY | 05/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I discovered Pachora because I liked Chris Speed's playing on Dave Douglas's releases. Pachora features Speed on clarinet; Brad Shepik on tambura, electric saz, banjar, and tres; Skuli Sverrisson on bass and bajo sexto; and Jim Black on drums and all things percussion. Do those instruments sound exotic and strange? Well so is the music. Imagine Middle Eastern melodies played by a crack jazz band. That's what you have here. It reminds me of John Zorn's "Bar Kokhba" and "Circle Maker" releases, more in feel than in execution. While Zorn often mixes up his gorgeous melodies and startling interplay with dissonant excursions, Pachora keeps on track. That's not to say the band lacks dynamics. They are wonderful soloists and explore a wide harmonic range. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes their jazz a bit on the exotic side."