Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Yoshie Fruchter and His Jewish Avant Fusion Guitar

Originally posted on December 29, 2008

Our survey of recent Tzadik recordings continues off and on for the next several weeks. Today we look at guitarist Yoshie Fruchter and his Pitom. It’s an electric rock instrumental lineup with guitar and violin as the principal voices. The Jewish tinge permeates the proceedings with minor mode melody lines and the frameworks vary between fusion, surf, avant and progressive for a mix of sounds that have a distinct Downtown flavor.

Yoshi’s influences include Zappa, Sonic Youth and Zorn’s Masada lineups. These stylistic components come together and Yoshi melds them to his own ends for a vibrant and varied set of performances you could hang your hat on, were you so inclined. This is some more “anything goes” music from Tzadik and I find it sounding depths and doing new things with older roots in ways that encourage me to believe that there’s still plenty of life left in the rock-fusion style. Good show.

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