Review: Lenka Lichtenberg - Fray
|Date of Release:||2010|
|Country of Release:||CAN|
|Sub-Genre/s:||World Fusion, Yiddish, Middle Eastern|
|Date of Review:||2013/08/16|
Lenka Lichtenberg's Fray was released on the Sunflower label in 2010. It is the penultimate of our retrospective reviews of previous albums by Ms. Lichtenberg.
If the excellent line-up presages those of later albums, so the superb music is strongly indicative of Lichtenberg's developing, unique 'world fusion' style of 'world music,' particularly on her most recent album, Embrace. The - mainly - Yiddish songs are strongly under-pinned by Indian and Middle Eastern rhythms, and wedded to jazz, Argentinean and Brazilian styles as well. This is also reflected in the tasteful mix of conventional Western and Middle Eastern as well as Indian instrumentation. Almost needless to say, Lichtenberg's superb voice has already fully come into its own here.
The majority of the superb compositions on Fray (Yidd., 'Free') are Lichtenberg's own, often in conjunction with classic Yiddish poetry by Mordekhai Gebirtig and others or modern Yiddish poetry by Simcha Simchovitch. One English lyric is also contributed by Lichtenberg, with music be guitarist John Gzowski.
With Fray, Lichtenberg has come up with her own unique global style and a brilliantly consistent album that is more than merely compelling, but will mesmerise the listener. Its charm is spell-binding and makes you want to play it all over again when it comes to the end.
Lenka Lichtenberg's Fray will have equally huge appeal to the general 'world music' as well as the Jewish music aficionado. The CD comes in an excellent triple-fold digipak, so is infinitely preferable to digital download. Go for it!
1. Trili Trilili (Gebirtig / Lichtenberg) - 4:56
Credits:Lenka Lichtenberg - vocals, guitar
Alexis Basque - cornet
Kevin Fox - cello
John Gzowski - guitars, oud, bouzouki
Alan Hetherington - pandeiro, drums, percussion
Brian Katz - nylon string guitar
George Koller - bass
Tomas Liska - bass
Ravi Naimpalli - tabla, doumbek
Tuhsin Nawfal - ney
Kinneret KiKi Sagee - clarinet
George Sawa - qanun
Alexander Shonert - violin
Natalie Shonert - piano
Ernie Tollar - ney, bansouri, soprano sax
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