Just picked up Ephron's 'solo' disc, Soul Machine...I didn't wanna tuck this away in "Recordings" 'cause there's more Ephron on the way to mia hacienda, namely, the Hasidic New Wave. So, maybe some of y'all are familiar with Ephron from the Screaming Headless Torsos; or Lost Tribe; or Lunar Crush(w/ Medeski & 'Fuse'); or with Me'shell(at one time, Ephron & Torsos' drummer Gene Lake provided the grooves for Me'shell as she vocalized). Anyway, onto Soul Machine- Most of you may 'know' me as a guy who ain't usually too, too impressed with electric bass-led sessions(Jaco, Willis, Burbridge I do dig)... What can I say about Ephron's 'solo' disc? So far, I'd put Soul Machine in the Top-5 of what I have already bought this year(trust me, it's been a lot, too!). Here's the bliurb from the liner notes- "Fima Ephron, the dynamic bassist for the pysho-semitic-avant-klez-band Hasidic New Wave, steps out on his own...a remarkable blend of Jewish scales & sensibilities with Jazz/Rock Fusion & World Beat". Apparently, this album(& the Hasidic New Wave's albums) fall into a genre of music called Klezmer. Never really heard that label before, but, WOW! Cool stuff! There's some ODD playing(that's probably the nod to the strong Ethnic vibe on this album) & cross-rhythms(drums & bass in different time signatures. A couple of the tunes are really, really in that electric period of Miles...if you like the jamming of Bitches Brew & Get Up With It, you'll dig what's goin' on here. The electric piano is very reminiscent of Corea's bangin' with Miles. Some parts remind me of of an electrified Dave Holland 5-tet; yes, it does get that heavy. Not the "bass chops' fest" of, say, a Marcus, Wooten, or Nitti album...still very happenin', IMO. ...& feel free to add any other Ephron favs. The Torsos' "Free Man", written by FE, still wipes me out!