Doyres (Generations): Traditional Klezmer Recordings, 1979-1994

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The second volume in Trikont's history of 20th century klezmer music picks up 40 years after the previous volume left off. The reasons for this are various, but the two most prominent ones were WWII and Stalinism, in which many of the music's greatest practitioners in Eastern Europe were murdered or maimed. American Jews, by and large, were not even in interested in the form of wedding music played and celebrated by Yiddish-speaking Eastern European Jews. That is, until the mid 1970s, when the Klezmorim in Berkley, CA, and Zev Feldman and Andy Statman in New York began examining it via recorded 78s. Thankfully, one of the music's great practitioners was still alive at this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The second volume in Trikont's history of 20th century klezmer music picks up 40 years after the previous volume left off. The reasons for this are various, but the two most prominent ones were WWII and Stalinism, in which many of the music's greatest practitioners in Eastern Europe were murdered or maimed. American Jews, by and large, were not even in interested in the form of wedding music played and celebrated by Yiddish-speaking Eastern European Jews. That is, until the mid 1970s, when the Klezmorim in Berkley, CA, and Zev Feldman and Andy Statman in New York began examining it via recorded 78s. Thankfully, one of the music's great practitioners was still alive at this time in the person of Dave Tarras, who played throughout the decades wherever he could get work. What this volume documents is the passing of the music from one generation to another, and the development of the klezmer revival which is alive and well in the 21st century, both in its traditional state and the new musics which have been born directly from its roots. The disc opens with a fairly traditional approach to the old music by the Klezmorim. "Bucharest" features the clarinets in full throttle and the violin in the support position with a drummer keeping an odd 12/16-meter. Next are Zev Feldman and Andy Statman moving through the revivalist approach inserting the gypsy violins into the clarinets lines and turning them into sort of a klezmer fugue. The great touch then comes with Dave Tarras playing hard on a traditional number with his clarinet wailing some furiously paced yet mournful melody that is breathless in its pace. Here is the old music, lock, stock, and barrel, performed by one of its greatest practitioners. By the time Statman's Klezmer Orchestra enters the mix with "Another Glass of Wine," a Tarras tune that Statman arranged, all bets are off and the music changes while remaining klezmer: an section plays through the melody and then soloists enter and leave each in a modal harmony that sounds as much like the Gil Evans Orchestra as it does a klezmer big band. But tradition doesn't give way yet, there is still Joel Rubin and the Epstein brothers to contend with, and their frighteningly quick take on the traditional wedding song "Ot Azoy!" And this set goes back and forth this way, weaving the new with the old, all the while concentrating on keeping the form intact. It's not like the late '90s experiments of Frank London or the New Klezmer Quintet yet. The music here is firmly in the trad camp while quietly undergoing a transition, adding more instruments and different time signatures, and even extrapolating on the format for melody and harmony, but not enough to alter it radically. The purpose in such innovation was to evolve the music in ways that would appeal to the various musical interests of some of the new practitioners who were also interested in everything from jazz to bluegrass. The restraint the producers show on this volume, and the inclusion of some obscurities such as the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble's "Oy, Di Kinderlakh!," the Ukrainian Brass Band From Vinnista, and Musa Berlin are noteworthy, as are the contributions by the better known ensembles such as the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Rubin & Horowitz, Muzikas, and the New York Klezmer Ensemble round this out and make it a truly representative sample of the roots of the klezmer revival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Trikont
  • EAN: 4015698020625
  • Catalog Number: 206
  • Sales rank: 296,880

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bucharest - The Klezmorim (2:39)
  2. 2 Gypsy Hora and Sirba - Andy Statman (4:18)
  3. 3 Opshpiel Far Di Makhutonim - Dave Tarras (4:20)
  4. 4 Another Glass of Wine - Andy Statman (4:49)
  5. 5 Moldavian Hora (3:04)
  6. 6 No Name Sirba - The Epstein Brothers Orchestra (3:32)
  7. 7 Husid'l Medley - Klezmer Plus (4:32)
  8. 8 Dovid, Shipl Es Nokh Amol - Klezmer Conservatory Band (2:45)
  9. 9 Ot Azoy! - Joel Rubin Klezmer Band (5:11)
  10. 10 A Doinele - New York Klezmer Ensemble (2:37)
  11. 11 Hora and Sirba - The Epstein Brothers Orchestra (5:00)
  12. 12 Meron Arabesque - Musa Berlin (4:22)
  13. 13 Shabes Nign - Rubin & Horowitz (4:00)
  14. 14 Greeting of the Bride - Muzsikas (3:47)
  15. 15 Freilik - Ukrainian Brass Band From Vinnitsa (3:11)
  16. 16 Oy, Di Kinderlakh! - The Chicago Klezmer Ensemble (3:11)
  17. 17 Unzer Toyrele (3:12)
  18. 18 Oy Tate / Serbe Romanya / Lebn Zol Palestina (5:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Steinberg French Horn
Zev Feldman Cymbals
Andy Statman Clarinet, Mandolin
Sid Beckerman Clarinet
Obin Miller Piccolo
Gary Bohan Cornet
Stuart Brotman Bass
Sándor Csoóri Violin
Alan Ehrich String Bass
Peter Eri Viola
Ken Gross Trumpet
James Guttmann Bass
Daniel Hamar Bass, Hammered Dulcimer
Mark Hamilton Trombone
Evan Harlan Piano
Barry Lazarowitz Percussion, Drums
Lev Liberman Saxophone
Harry Max Double Bass
Lee Musiker Piano
Hankus Netsky Piano, Alto Saxophone, Musical Direction
Steve Netsky Tenor Banjo
Mimi Rabson Electric Violin
Mihaly Sipos Violin
Grant Smith Percussion, Drums
Pete Sokolow Piano, Musical Direction
Ilene Stahl Clarinet
Brian Wishnefsky Trumpet
Marty Confurius Bass
Ioan Florea Drums
Howie Leess Tenor Saxophone
Henry Sapoznik Banjo
David Julian Gray Clarinet
Max Epstein Clarinet
Joel Rubin Clarinet
The Epstein Brothers Orchestra Track Performer
New Shtetl Band Track Performer
Eric Berman Tuba
Lauren Brody Accordion
John Raskin Percussion
Michael Alpert Violin
Si Salzburg Drums
Julius Epstein Drums
Pat Merola String Bass
Moishe Yerushalimsky Trombone
Ben Shapiro Percussion
Joshua Horowitz Button Accordion
Kevin Linscott Trombone
Kurt Bjorling Clarinet
Technical Credits
Klezmer Conservatory Band Arranger
The Klezmorim Arranger
Kapelye Arranger
Zev Feldman Arranger
Andy Statman Arranger
Sándor Csoóri Arranger
Peter Eri Arranger
Daniel Hamar Arranger
Mihaly Sipos Arranger
Pete Sokolow Arranger, Orchestration
Gheorghe Florea Contributor
Joel Rubin Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Rita Ottens Producer, Liner Notes
Joshua Horowitz Arranger
Kurt Bjorling Arranger
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