Tsahar, Assif/New York Undergr / Fragments
Album:Fragments Collection:Jazz
Artist:Tsahar, Assif/New York Undergr Added:Mar 2005
Label:Hopscotch Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2005-06-05 Pull Date:2005-08-07 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Aug 7Jul 24Jul 10Jun 26Jun 19Jun 12

Recent Airplay
1.Nov 24, 2009:Memory Select
4.Aug 05, 2005:The Dog and Pony show
2.Aug 11, 2009:Jena & Gomorrah: big bands
5.Aug 04, 2005:Multiple Personality Disorder
3.Jun 26, 2007:Alban Stands There
6.Jul 22, 2005:Memory Select

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-06-17 
Short compositions for orchestra. The kind of improv setting that often resembles modern chamber music, particularly due to the empahsis on strings. Traditional Jewish scales pop up (5,7) but the more dominating sound are microtones -- that is, violins/cellos played in screechy, other-worldly scales.

In the past, Tsahar has used the orchestra in a more free-form setting. These pieces show off the composed elements much more (5) although they do let the musicisians spin into untethered improv (6,11).

1- Slow, with guitar
2- Quiet scrabbling with trumpet
3- Sad violin wail, slow, dark
4- Very quiet squeaking
5- Slow, mysterious. Old-world folk vibe
6- Jumpy improv
7- Slow, Balkan/Klezmer violin
9- Slow, drawn-out lines. Dramatic, with squeaky soloists
10- Brash trumpet and jazzy bassline
11- Fast chaos
12- A gradual rumble
13- Sour-toned viola over pizzacatto backing
14- Dark and creeping with fast cello, into a squall
15- Small, w/overlapping horn and flute blips
16- Improv clatter, fast w/quiet middle. Ends bright and jazzy with spirited clarinet

Track Listing
1.First 9.Ninth
2.Second 10.Tenth
3.Third 11.Eleventh
4.Fourth 12.Twelfth
5.Fifth 13.Thirteenth
6.Sixth 14.Fourteenth
7.Seventh 15.Fifteenth
8.Eighth 16.Sixteenth