Awakening from Above

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Recorded and released at the same time as his bluegrass/Americana album East Flatbush Blues, on which he plays primarily mandolin, Awakening from Above showcases the other side of Andy Statman. Here he performs on the clarinet, save for one mandolin piece, "Forshpiel Improvisation," and virtually all of the music contained herein comes from the deeply religious canon of the ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jews. Much of it is improvised -- Statman is accompanied by the same musicians who play with him on the mandolin recording -- double bassist Jim Whitney and drummer/percussionist Larry Eagle -- but some of these compositions are centuries old, performed at Jewish ceremonies and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Recorded and released at the same time as his bluegrass/Americana album East Flatbush Blues, on which he plays primarily mandolin, Awakening from Above showcases the other side of Andy Statman. Here he performs on the clarinet, save for one mandolin piece, "Forshpiel Improvisation," and virtually all of the music contained herein comes from the deeply religious canon of the ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jews. Much of it is improvised -- Statman is accompanied by the same musicians who play with him on the mandolin recording -- double bassist Jim Whitney and drummer/percussionist Larry Eagle -- but some of these compositions are centuries old, performed at Jewish ceremonies and events. Statman brings an emotional component to the music, much of which is spare, flowing and quite beautiful, and the inherent spirituality is always palpable. Not unlike a lone Native American flute, Statman's clarinet speaks volumes about history and reverence, even though words are never sung.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Shefa
  • UPC: 716851300229
  • Catalog Number: 3002
  • Sales rank: 319,351

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andy Statman Primary Artist, Clarinet, Mandolin
Larry Eagle Percussion, Drums
Jim Whitney Double Bass
Technical Credits
Andy Statman Arranger, Composer, Producer
Larry Eagle Cover Photo
Edward Haber Producer, Engineer
Dave Sears Producer, Liner Notes, translation
Jennifer A. Munson Mastering
Michael Brorby Engineer
Traditional Composer
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