Magazine article New Internationalist

Hear, O Israel: A Prayer Ceremony in Jazz

Magazine article New Internationalist

Hear, O Israel: A Prayer Ceremony in Jazz

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Hear, O Israel: A Prayer Ceremony in Jazz

by Herbie Hancock and others (Jonny JBH0025 CD)

In 1965, nothing short of a miracle was performed in a synagogue in Worcester, MA, when a 17-year-old rabbi's son - and fledgling composer - named Joseph Klein lured one of the greatest names in jazz to join in performing a jazz prayer ceremony. Herbie Hancock, a pianist so gifted that Miles Davis had sought him out for his own quintet, came; so did trumpeter Thad Jones, drummer Grady Tate and sax/flautist Jerome Richardson. And then the vocalists! Phyllis Bryn-Julson became one of the most significant contraltos in contemporary classical music, Antonia Lavanne a noted operatic teacher.

We are not told how the young Klein got this band together (nor anything about his subsequent career); indeed Hear, O Israel was, until this first CD release, only available as a fabled, privately released LP. …

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