Yoshie Fruchter and Pitom: Progressive Jazz with a Jewish Base
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The last date listed for Yoshie Fruchter and Pitom was Saturday March 26, 2011 / 8:00pm.
Quotes & Highlights
“Yoshie Fruchter leads Brooklyn’s Pitom, the latest offshoot of John Zorn’s punk-klezmer movement, combining Jewish melodies with burly psych rock, mathy prog and festive surf. Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes, the band’s latest for Zorn’s Tzadik label, is fun, loud and well played.” —Time Out Chicago (Critic’s Pick)
“More than most of the jazz-punk bands on John Zorn’s Tzadik label, Brooklyn’s Pitom understands that rocking is something you can’t annotate… Pushing the whole thing through the scales and melodies of frontman Yoshie Fruchter’s Jewish heritage — if any band can walk the talk of the word “radical” in the phrase “Radical Jewish Music,” it’s these guys. Fruchter is equal parts seminary school, jazz school, and Nirvana’s “School,” doing the same for heavy metal that Zorn’s Masada did for free-jazz." —_Village Voice _
Pitom’s music is concise, hard-edged, tuneful, dynamic, and surprisingly free of the excesses often associated with experimental rock. —Jazz Review
Check out the group’s MySpace page to learn more and hear clips.
Pitom is one of those galactic events that has a one-in-a-gazillion chance of happening. This hybrid kind of music could only come from a culture known for wandering. It’s the soundtrack to being lost in the desert for 40 years. Yoshie Fruchter and his erstwhile collaborators in Pitom have already set the New York City ablaze with their on-stage presence, and this — the first document of their remarkable presence on the planet — is a beautiful and caustic warning to the rest of the world.