Jews with Horns

Jews with Horns

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by The Klezmatics
     
 

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Picture the Reverend Horton Heat with a yarmulke, if you like. Or "Fiddler on the Roof" with Coltraneian complexity. Just don't expect somber religious music. The Klezmatics' brand of Jewish klezmer is as spirited as it is spiritual. The fast numbers, which dominate…  See more details below

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Picture the Reverend Horton Heat with a yarmulke, if you like. Or "Fiddler on the Roof" with Coltraneian complexity. Just don't expect somber religious music. The Klezmatics' brand of Jewish klezmer is as spirited as it is spiritual. The fast numbers, which dominate their third album, are frenzied celebratory drinking songs -- a true revival of the community spirit which spawned this eastern European brand of folk music. All that happiness poses a sequencing challenge: Where do you put the few downbeat stylistic diversions (a Yiddish labor song from 1889; a thunderously moving, jazzy clarinet improvisation; an eerie poem with a classical arrangement)? Jews With Horns suffers a little for hiding most of its variety at the end of the album. But that's a quibble in the face of such top-notch musicianship. The Klezmatics have proved they can play with the best in any genre (including classical music's top violinist, Itzhak Perlman). This album includes a rock guitar cameo by Marc Ribot, who also has played with a host of goyish hipsters (including Sam Phillips, Peter Case, and T-Bone Burnett). Ribot is not the only source of modernity on the record -- the Klezmatics' stuff has been called post-modern because of its blend of genres. That label, however, suggests that this is something new under the sun, and it isn't. Klezmer itself was born of genre fusion, as Jews assimilated into Europe. Whatever the stylistic frills, though, the heart of the Klezmatics' music can be summed up in this loopy lyric: "Oy oy oy oy, live it up kids, that's the way!"

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2002
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661318328
catalogNumber:
613183

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Klezmatics   Primary Artist
Marc Ribot   Electric Guitar
Betty   Background Vocals
Matt Darriau   Alto Saxophone,Background Vocals
Mike Ford   Background Vocals
Murray Foster   Background Vocals
Jian Ghomeshi   Background Vocals
David Krakauer   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Vocals
David Licht   Drums
Frank London   Organ,Piano,Trumpet,Cornet,Alto Horn,Vocals
David Matheson   Background Vocals
Paul Morrissett   Bass,Vocals
Lorin Sklamberg   Piano,Accordion,Vocals
Alicia Svigals   Violin,Vocals
Moxy Früvous   Background Vocals
Adrienne Cooper   Vocals
Amy Ziff   Background Vocals
Teddi Schwartz   Choir, Chorus
Alyson Palmer   Background Vocals
Bitzi Ziff   Background Vocals
Abe Gershowitz   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Klezmatics   Producer
David Krakauer   Arranger
Frank London   Arranger
Ben Mandelson   Arranger
Lorin Sklamberg   Arranger,Vocal Coordinator
Alicia Svigals   Arranger
David Young   Mastering
Christy Trotter   Cover Art
Michael Wex   translation,Text Translation
David B. Young   Mastering
Mark Warshawsky   Composer

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Jews with Horns 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to this CD a long time ago, buy a friend of mine, from the moment i heard it, i was hooked. I myself am not jewish- but the music on the CD makes me wish i was.