Concert review: Doing Dylan proud

The children of Bob Dylan gathered on Tuesday night in Tel Aviv to pay tribute to the man who changed the face of popular music.

May 28, 2011 22:15
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Children of Bob Dylan guitarist Tamar Eisenman

Children of Bob Dylan 311. (photo credit: courtesy)


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The children of Bob Dylan gathered on Tuesday night in Tel Aviv to pay tribute to the man who changed the face of popular music. His children – meaning some of the cream of the crop of Israeli singer/songwriters and musicians – Yuval Banai, Noam Rotem, Hemi Rodner – who while far from Dylan clones, would be sounding very differently or maybe even working in a library if it wasn’t for his towering influence.

While most of the performers who took the stage at the Barby Club for ‘Doing Dylan’ – as well as most members of the full house audience – weren’t even born when Dylan was breaking new ground with his lyrics, song structures and attitude, it quickly became apparent that the appeal of the 70-year-old bard isn’t relegated to his landmark 1960s oeuvre, but carries on through up to his current work.

Whereas many tribute shows are hastily organized, haphazard affairs marked more by disjointed styles and egos than cohesiveness, ‘Doing Dylan’ was a musical tour de force, A stellar house band led by spunky guitarist extraordinaire Tamar Eisenman and her band including sax, trumpet and fiddle, backed the featured guests with sublime, powerful renditions of Dylan songs, known and obscure.

Whether tackling vastly different arrangements (Maya Isacowitz’s world vibe on “I Want You,”; Shai Gabso’s remarkable reworking of “Masters of War”), adopting the famous cover versions (Rodner and Eisenman harmonizing on a Byrdsy “Mr. Tambourine Man;” Eisenman creating a Turtles/Motown hybrid on “It Ain’t Me Babe”) or sticking close to the original (Rotem’s stark “Not Dark Yet” or the rousing grand finale “Like A Rolling Stone” featuring the guitar work of Erez Lev Ari), it was clear that the performers weren’t taking their roles as Dylan conduits lightly.

If Dylan is able to invest a quarter of the passion and commitment toward his music that his children displayed on Tuesday night, then his Ramat Gan show on June 20 will be something to behold.

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