Camp Songs

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All Music Guide - Glenn Astarita
Here, New York City-based modern jazz drummer Ben Perowsky reworks prayer songs that he learned as a child while attending summer camp in upstate New York. Ultimately, the trio featuring pianist Uri Caine and bassist Drew Gress rearranges these sacred songs -- sans two originals by Perowsky -- into a series of loosely performed jazz works, as the band's hip outlook surfaces quite nicely via driving swing vamps intermingled with freely organized exchanges, boogie-blues, and more. No doubt, Perowsky possesses laudable chops amid his lyrically charged sense of swing and power rolls. However, this set comes across as a cohesive group effort, founded upon the drummer's take ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Glenn Astarita
Here, New York City-based modern jazz drummer Ben Perowsky reworks prayer songs that he learned as a child while attending summer camp in upstate New York. Ultimately, the trio featuring pianist Uri Caine and bassist Drew Gress rearranges these sacred songs -- sans two originals by Perowsky -- into a series of loosely performed jazz works, as the band's hip outlook surfaces quite nicely via driving swing vamps intermingled with freely organized exchanges, boogie-blues, and more. No doubt, Perowsky possesses laudable chops amid his lyrically charged sense of swing and power rolls. However, this set comes across as a cohesive group effort, founded upon the drummer's take on Jewish prayer tunes. Many of these pieces are constructed upon airy soundscapes and fragmented themes, enhanced by Perowsky's multi-hued cymbal swashes and Caine's extraordinary improvisational abilities. With the piece titled "Birkat Hamazon," the drummer enlists a vocal duo for a delicately orchestrated jazz groove marked by Brazilian samba and Jewish traditionalism. A delightful listening experience indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397717522
  • Catalog Number: 7175
  • Sales rank: 359,567

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Yigdal (5:11)
  2. 2 Adon Olam (4:44)
  3. 3 Mess Hall (4:13)
  4. 4 Ashen (4:52)
  5. 5 Shema (Shaharit) (3:58)
  6. 6 Aleinu (3:34)
  7. 7 Birkat Hamazon (6:54)
  8. 8 Trope (5:12)
  9. 9 Shema (Maariz) (5:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Perowsky Primary Artist, Drums, Vocals, Bells
Oren Bloedow Vocals
Danny Blume Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Uri Caine Piano
Jennifer Charles Vocals
Drew Gress Bass, Double Bass
Technical Credits
Uri Caine Arranger
Ben Perowsky Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Kazunori Sugiyama Producer
John Zorn Arranger
Scott Hull Mastering
GoodandEvil Engineer
Eric Alrich Ariel Spiegelman Composer
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