Brother Moses Smote the Water

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The Klezmatics are arguably the most genre-bending performers on the klezmer scene today and perhaps of any day. Here, they combine with an up-and-coming singer from the South. That singer just happens to be of an ancient order of Judaism and is African-American, and he attempts to fuse gospel soul with traditional Jewish works. Of course, they got along marvelously. The album focuses on the similarities and ties between Jews and blacks, particularly in the aspects of slavery, the shared songs from Passover and gospel services, and the vibrant cultures. There are notes of pure klezmer and of pure gospel, but the concert from which the album was recorded is really a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The Klezmatics are arguably the most genre-bending performers on the klezmer scene today and perhaps of any day. Here, they combine with an up-and-coming singer from the South. That singer just happens to be of an ancient order of Judaism and is African-American, and he attempts to fuse gospel soul with traditional Jewish works. Of course, they got along marvelously. The album focuses on the similarities and ties between Jews and blacks, particularly in the aspects of slavery, the shared songs from Passover and gospel services, and the vibrant cultures. There are notes of pure klezmer and of pure gospel, but the concert from which the album was recorded is really a masterpiece of fusion. The styles are crunched together nearly seamlessly, the languages used alternately Hebrew, Yiddish, and English being the only differential in some parts. Joshua Nelson the gospel singer tends toward a Mahalia Jackson sound, and the Klezmatics themselves do what they always do. Slapped together, it's a joyous, powerful affair. For fans of musical cross-pollination, this album is a godsend. It's cross-cultural fusion done right. For an added bonus, the CD includes a short bit of video footage from the Berlin concert.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2005
  • Label: Piranha Germany
  • UPC: 826863189627
  • Catalog Number: 1896
  • Sales rank: 19,814

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Eyliyohu Hanovi - Kathryn Farmer (2:38)
  2. 2 Elijah Rock - Kathryn Farmer (9:17)
  3. 3 Ki Loy Nue - Kathryn Farmer (6:40)
  4. 4 Shnirele, Perele - Kathryn Farmer (8:30)
  5. 5 Walk in Jerusalem - Kathryn Farmer (5:17)
  6. 6 Go Down Moses - Kathryn Farmer (7:20)
  7. 7 Moses Smote the Water - Kathryn Farmer (3:08)
  8. 8 Oh Mary Don't You Weep - Kathryn Farmer (3:48)
  9. 9 Didn't It Rain - Kathryn Farmer (5:01)
  10. 10 Ale Brider - Kathryn Farmer (8:21)
  11. 11 Shnirele, Perele - Kathryn Farmer
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Klezmatics Primary Artist
Matt Darriau Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Group Member
Lisa Gutkin Violin, Vocals, Group Member
David Licht Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Frank London Organ, Trumpet, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Paul Morrissett Bass, Cymbals, Vocals, Group Member
Lorin Sklamberg Accordion, Vocals, Group Member
Kathryn Farmer Organ, Piano, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Sam Cooke Composer
The Klezmatics Arranger, Director
Leroy Crume Composer
Frank London Arranger
Peter Muller Author
John F. Szwed Author
Traditional Composer
Borkowsky Akbar Executive Producer
Eberhard Köhler Mastering
Willi Leopold Engineer
Nrigitte Bieg Executive Producer
Christine Boock Video Director
Kathryn Farmer Arranger
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