4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra
Contact: Roger Ruzow
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Internationally acclaimed 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra a nine piece klez funk rock jazz ensemble performing original compositions and arrangements combining West African influenced rhythms with Eastern European Klezmer melodies. The 4th Ward A.K.O., boasts a roster of extraordinary, veteran Atlanta, talent. 4WAKO play the klezmer-music-Afro-Pop Mingus-Zappa-jazz. Fantastic funky jazz grooves, with the old school klezmer tunes .Abdul the Rabbi, the latest release from the 4th Ward A.K.O. features a range of eclectic styles, from Klezmer to jazz to funk, to rock. Voted Best Jazz Group by Creative Loafing , 4th Ward A.K.O., IS one of the best and most original bands performing today.
“So if you’re wondering if this record sounds half as weird as it sounds, you’re wrong. It’s twice that, and likely the unlikeliest mash-up of styles to appear on any record this year, genre notwithstanding. Afro-beat, klezmer, spaghetti western, hip-hop, second line: you name it, it’s here, often within the course of the same song. But what brings Abdul the Rabbi beyond an exercise in genre-hopping is the real purpose given to it’s twelve tracks, many of which augment the time tested rhythms and melodies of the klezmer tradition with inventive new interpretations and arrangements. And while it can delve into kitsch periodically, there’s no denying Abdul as one of the year’s most fun and engaging releases.” –J.D. Swerzenski NextBop.com Best Albums of 2012