- Audio CD (23 January 2001)
- Language: English, English, English
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Tzadik
- ASIN: B000056CAC
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La Mar Enfortuna Import
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Sensuous and lyrical, La Mar Enfortuna is a beautiful modern exploration of Sephardic melodies, creatively arranged by the masterminds of the popular rock group Elysian Fields, Oren Bloedow and Jennifer Charles. Breathy vocals, exotic instruments and a sensibility that embraces jazz, funk, folk, rock and Latin music blend to make a CD to be enjoyed again and again.
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Together with Anthony Coleman's Sephardic Tinge, La Mar Enfortuna is the most adventurous, most inspiring and most beautiful interpretation of Sephardic songs I've ever heard. If the ethereal voice of Elisabeth Fraser is a voice of a valkyrie to take you to Valhalla, sensuous and velvety voice of Jennifer Charles is a voice of an earthly angel you want to spend all your mortal days with. Bittersweet wine on her lips and dried salt on her dark skin (getting a bit carried away here, eh?).
Let me recall Gershom Scholem's quote that is printed on each of John Zorn's 10 original Masada albums (Zorn, whose Tzadik Records are producing all these gems): "There is a life of tradition that does not merely consist of conservative preservation, the constant continuation of the spiritual and cultural possessions of a community. There is such a thing as a treasure hunt within tradition, which creates a living relationship to tradition and to which much of what is best in current Jewish consciousness is indebted even where it was -- and is -- expressed outside the framework of orthodoxy." (By the way, the recent releases in Radical Jewish Culture edition of Tzadik records carry a slightly redesigned star of David, a perfect illustration of the living (and loving) relationship to tradition).
I've read some elated comments about an earlier Tzadik release in the same edition: "Nigunim", an album of spiritual Hasidic-Jewish songs of devotion and praise. Whereas this here goy felt he's missing something of that experience, perhaps due to his inability to understand many references to Judaism, that is not the case with La Mar Enfortuna. Even though I'm certainly missing out on something (if for no other reason but for the fact that I don't speak Ladino in which most songs are sung), there is not a trace of that feeling and I could hardly believe that my joy could be greater.
Happiness is a matter of moments. I recently got three CDs of previously unknown musicians and each of the three turned out to be great. After few days my definition of hapiness was no longer accurate.