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Artist: Eyal Maoz
Label: Tzadik
Length: 9 tracks / 63:24 min

If you didn’t know better, you’d think you were listening to an unreleased album by The Mahavishnu Orchestra.  Eyal Maoz’s Edom is a rock/jazz fusion masterpiece in the same tradition.  Maoz provides the guitar with the equally talented John Medeski on Hammond organ, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz on bass, and Ben Perowsky on drums.

Fans of fusion and jam bands will love Edom.  The band’s Jewish roots give the album a distinctive feel, with a hint of polka that is blended successfully into the rock base (something I didn’t think possible after hearing The Devin Townsend Band’s “Vampolka” earlier this year).  Yes, the first track, “Innocence” does sound a bit like something from The Munsters, but it’s still enjoyable and blends well with the album after several listens.  Be sure to visit and hear the album’s best track “Big” for free.

Dan Singleton
May 31, 2006



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