It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation does it again. For the past decade, this non-profit group has doggedly -- and often humorously -- offered a wide-ranging exploration of the Jewish experience in American cultural life through their recordings. They've reissued classic, sometimes forgotten recordings, including Irving Fields' Bagels and Bongos, Juan Calle & His Lantzmen's Mazeltov, Mis Amigos, and killer compilations such as The Jewish American Jet Set, a comp from the vaults of Tivka Records, and Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black Jewish Relations. The latter features iconic African American artists performing Jewish songs -- Billie Holiday, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation does it again. For the past decade, this non-profit group has doggedly -- and often humorously -- offered a wide-ranging exploration of the Jewish experience in American cultural life through their recordings. They've reissued classic, sometimes forgotten recordings, including Irving Fields' Bagels and Bongos, Juan Calle & His Lantzmen's Mazeltov, Mis Amigos, and killer compilations such as The Jewish American Jet Set, a comp from the vaults of Tivka Records, and Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black Jewish Relations. The latter features iconic African American artists performing Jewish songs -- Billie Holiday, Slim Gaillard, Nina Simone, Cab Calloway, et al. It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rumba is a double-disc that documents the Latin-Jewish music craze that began in the 1940s and continued through salsa's power years in the early '80s. It moves back and forth from Jewish artists exploring Latin music and Latin musicians interpreting Jewish tunes. The names are both well-known and obscure, but the flawlessly compiled set acts as an extension of Black Sabbath. There are 41 cuts spread over these two discs, telling a labyrinthine story that moves from the Catskills to Harlem to Miami and beyond. While things commence on a humorous note with Irving Kauffman's "Moe the Schmoe Takes a Rumba Lesson," and the Barton Brothers' "Arriba, Pt. 1" from 1947, they quickly heat up: Xavier Cugat's band performs Fields' "Miami Beach Mambo," the infamous Ruth Wallis title track from 1952 weaves together both rhumba and Yiddish klezmer, establishing an inseparable link. Ray Barretto's flamboyant, cooking reading of "Exodus" and Celia Cruz's revisioned offering of "Hava Nagila" communicate from the other side. Other highlights include Candido with Al Cohn on "Cheek to Cheek" from 1956, the mighty Tito Puente Orchestra with vocalist Abbe Lane on "Pan, Amor y Cha Cha Cha" and Machito's "Mambo La Concord" both from 1958. The 1960s deliver Joe Quijano's "Sabbath Prayer (Plegaria)," and Mark Weinstein's "Just Another Guajira" from his mindblowing Cuban Roots album to name just two. The '70s are represented wonderfully by selections from Harvey Averne, the Ghetto Brothers, Pete Yellin, and Willie Colon, with Jewish salsa king Larry Harlow carrying it out on "Yo Soy Latino" from 1983. The booklet contains essays by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin and jazzman Arturo O'Farrill -- both of whom understand the Jewish-Latin experience firsthand -- as well as a longer essay by the Society and track-by-track histories. Sound quality is exceptional. Simply put, It's A Scream How Levine Does the Rumba is in a league of its own as a musical and cultural document.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/26/2013
  • Label: Idelsohn Society
  • UPC: 824247025820
  • Catalog Number: 21
  • Sales rank: 51,615

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Moe the Schmo Takes a Rhumba Lesson - Irving Kaufman (3:01)
  2. 2 Arriba, Pt. 1 - Barton Brothers (3:05)
  3. 3 Miami Beach Rhumba - Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra (3:17)
  4. 4 Joe and Paul - Pupi Campo and His Orchestra (2:31)
  5. 5 Sheyn Vi Di Levone - Al Gomez Orchestra (2:53)
  6. 6 It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba - Ruth Wallis (2:41)
  7. 7 Mambo - For Dancers Only - Alfredito & His Orchestra (2:17)
  8. 8 Mambo Shevitz (Man, Oh Man) - Melino & His Orchestra (2:11)
  9. 9 Cheek To Cheek - Al Cohn (4:21)
  10. 10 Meshuganah Mambo - Slim Gaillard (2:21)
  11. 11 Channah From Havanna - The Barry Sisters (2:55)
  12. 12 My Yiddishe Mambo - Mickey Katz (2:55)
  13. 13 Pan, Amor Y Cha Cha Cha - Abbe Lane (2:19)
  14. 14 Mambo La Concord - Machito and His Afro-Cuban Orchestra (2:34)
  15. 15 Matzoh Ball Merengue - Johnny Conquet (2:22)
  16. 16 Grossinger's Cha Cha Cha - Tito Puente & His Orchestra (3:06)
  17. 17 Raleigh Riff - La Plata Sextette (2:56)
  18. 18 Loco - Raul Diaz (2:39)
  19. 19 Mambo Chicano - Rene Bloch (2:32)
  20. 20 The Twist of Hava Nageela - Pérez Prado (2:08)
  21. 21 Desafinado - Stan Getz (2:02)
  22. 22 Uptown - Little Eva (2:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Exodus - Ray Barretto (5:21)
  2. 2 El Molestoso - Eddie Palmieri (2:40)
  3. 3 Watermelon Man - Mongo Santamaría (2:27)
  4. 4 Sabor a Mi - Eydie Gorme Y Trio los Panchos (2:48)
  5. 5 Hava Nageela - Celia Cruz (2:53)
  6. 6 Sabbath Prayer (Plegaria) - Joe Quijano (2:59)
  7. 7 Tema Alegre - Alegre All-Stars (5:12)
  8. 8 América - La Lupe (2:07)
  9. 9 Just Another Guajira - Mark Weinstein (3:17)
  10. 10 Belz Mein Shtetele Belz - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (2:16)
  11. 11 Cucaraca Macara - Harvey Averne (4:30)
  12. 12 Ghetto Brothers Power - Ghetto Brothers (2:27)
  13. 13 Y Volveré - Ron Eliran (3:09)
  14. 14 Hava Nagila - Damiron (2:33)
  15. 15 Tojo - Pete Yellin (6:31)
  16. 16 Junio 73 - Willie Colón (7:08)
  17. 17 Corazón - Carole King (3:57)
  18. 18 Me Llevo a La Marina - Andy Harlow's Latin Fever (2:46)
  19. 19 Yo Soy Latino - Larry Harlow (3:39)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Roger Bennett Producer, Liner Notes
Steve Berlin Liner Notes
Gary Hobish Mastering
Arturo O'Farrill Liner Notes
David Katznelson Producer, Liner Notes
Courtney Holt Producer, Liner Notes
Josh Kun Producer, Liner Notes
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