Greetings from the Isle of Klezbos

Greetings from the Isle of Klezbos

by Isle of Klezbos
     
 

It's interesting to note the Isle of Klezbos is an all-female band in the male-dominated field of klezmer (admittedly, nowhere near as male-dominated as it used to be), but don't read too much into the punny name. It's better to judge any band by the music it makes, and some of this is remarkably good. "Golden Khasene," for exampleSee more details below

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It's interesting to note the Isle of Klezbos is an all-female band in the male-dominated field of klezmer (admittedly, nowhere near as male-dominated as it used to be), but don't read too much into the punny name. It's better to judge any band by the music it makes, and some of this is remarkably good. "Golden Khasene," for example, trades off clarinet and trumpet leads backed by some excellent accordion for a strong take on a wedding tune. The wittily titled "Klezmerengue" nimbly fuses klezmer with a meringue beat so seamlessly that the join never flows -- a tribute to the musicianship on offer. Much of the disc is made up of the band's takes on traditional pieces, a few recorded live, such as "Szol A Kakas Mar," but there are some originals, like Debra Kreisberg's "Abrah," which proves to be a good exercise with some roots in klezmer. Not everything is perfect on the record, however: as much as it strains, "Father's Cadenzas" never quite manages to take off and go places. That aside, this is excellent stuff, as good as any klezmer album around today.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2003
Label:
Rhythm Media
UPC:
0616892532828
catalogNumber:
4

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Isle of Klezbos   Primary Artist
Pamela Fleming   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rachelle Garniez   Accordion,Vocal Harmony
Dave Hofstra   Tuba
Rick Faulkner   Trombone
Anita Milat-Meyer   Bass,Soloist
Catherine Popper   Bass
Deborah Karpel   Vocals
Melissa Fogarty   Vocals
Eve Sicular   Drums
Debra Kreisberg   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jim Clouse   Engineer,Mastering
Rachelle Garniez   Arranger
Metropolitan Klezmer   Arranger
Donald Jacobs   Engineer
Isle of Klezbos   Arranger
Alison Bechdel   Artwork
Matthew Fass   Cover Design
Eve Sicular   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,translation
Debra Kreisberg   Liner Notes
Michael Fossenkemper   Mastering

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