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All Music Guide - Darryl Cater
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Darryl Cater
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: 2/12/2002
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661318328
  • Catalog Number: 613183
  • Sales rank: 19,112

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Man In A Hat (3:02)
  2. 2 Fisherlid (8:32)
  3. 3 Khsidim Tants (4:17)
  4. 4 Simkhes-Toyre (2:30)
  5. 5 Romanian Fantasy (4:40)
  6. 6 Bulgars/The Kiss (6:55)
  7. 7 Nign (3:33)
  8. 8 Honga (3:21)
  9. 9 In Kamf (3:29)
  10. 10 Doyna (2:18)
  11. 11 Freyt Aykh, Yidlekh (4:57)
  12. 12 KKale-Bazetsn (1:55)
  13. 13 Heyser Tartar-tants (6:31)
  14. 14 Es Vilt Zikh Mir Zen (2:19)
  15. 15 Overture (1:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Klezmatics Primary Artist, 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
The 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oy, this is one good CD.

    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.

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