The music of trumpeter Frank London could be characterized as a product of “Radical Jewish Culture,” a term coined by John Zorn that refers to post-Holocaust generations of Jews discovering on their own terms the meaning of their faith. London has spent the past couple of decades at the ancient intersections of Jewish, Middle Eastern and African music, and on “Scientist at Work” he continues to revel at the crossroads, informed by a Downtown sensibility that is at times sonorous and at others jagged. Judging from London’s music, Radical Jewish Culture is restless, intelligent and obsessively inclusive — it is also hip and very funky.

Backing London on “Scientist at Work” is his Shekhina Big Band. The band — whose name means Divine Presence or Inspiration, in Hebrew — is not your average big band. Driven by a load of African and Middle Eastern percussion instruments, it also boasts a pair of electric guitars, some strings, a bunch of horns, the occasional voice and pretty much lives up to its lofty name.

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