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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The Klezmer Conservatory Band were one of the earliest groups in the klezmer revival movement, and this album is one of the earliest from them. The album features slightly unconventional neo-klezmer in some ways, occasionally jaunting into New Orleans jazz territory. On the purely musical end, one can find here some exceptional vocals from Judy Bressler, some nice clarinet work from jazz giant Don Byron, and some early stuff from pre-Klezmatics, pre-Hasidic New Wave Frank London on cornet. The music tends to sit on the fence between traditional klezmer and the neo-klezmer embraced by new groups such as the Klezmatics and the Klezmonauts. As to enjoyability, the music ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The Klezmer Conservatory Band were one of the earliest groups in the klezmer revival movement, and this album is one of the earliest from them. The album features slightly unconventional neo-klezmer in some ways, occasionally jaunting into New Orleans jazz territory. On the purely musical end, one can find here some exceptional vocals from Judy Bressler, some nice clarinet work from jazz giant Don Byron, and some early stuff from pre-Klezmatics, pre-Hasidic New Wave Frank London on cornet. The music tends to sit on the fence between traditional klezmer and the neo-klezmer embraced by new groups such as the Klezmatics and the Klezmonauts. As to enjoyability, the music stands well. It lopes along from time to time, but generally bounces back into high-energy instrumental work soon after. This sitting on the fence may prove to be the undoing of this album overall. For someone yearning for traditional klezmer, albums containing work from Abe Schwartz or Dave Tarras might be better. For those wishing for examples of full-fledged neo-klezmer, albums from the Klezmonauts, the Klezmatics, Knitting Factory releases, or even newer albums from the Klezmer Conservatory Band such as Jumpin' Night in the Garden of Eden might be better suited. Either way, this album stands the middle ground, which might not be the best position for klezmer listeners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707944922
  • Catalog Number: 79449
  • Sales rank: 314,993

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Klezmer Conservatory Band Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Don Byron Clarinet
Charlie Berg Drums
Alan Bern Piano, Accordion
Judy Bressler Vocals
David Brody Violin
Merryl Goldberg Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
James Guttmann Bass
Frank London Cornet
Ingrid Monson Cornet
Hankus Netsky Piano, Alto Saxophone
Steve Netsky Tenor Banjo
Abby Rabinovitz Flute, Piccolo
Mimi Rabson Violin, Viola
Marvin Weinberger Violin
David Harris Trombone
Technical Credits
Klezmer Conservatory Band Arranger, Adaptation
Garrison Keillor Liner Notes
Mark Berry Engineer
Maynard Solomon Executive Producer
Hankus Netsky Director, Producer, Contributor, Liner Notes
Steve Netsky Contributor
Mark Wilder Engineer
Joel Brodsky Cover Photo
Paul Cowan Liner Notes
Sholom Secunda Composer
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