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Klezmania: Klezmer for the New Millenium
     

Klezmania: Klezmer for the New Millenium

 
This album showcases the new directions that klezmer is taking in the new millennium. There are fusions of music here that one wouldn't expect to hear ever but somehow work for the most part. The disc starts out with a piece from Boiled in Lead which is more or less traditional klezmer in its structure, but makes use of electric guitars

Overview

This album showcases the new directions that klezmer is taking in the new millennium. There are fusions of music here that one wouldn't expect to hear ever but somehow work for the most part. The disc starts out with a piece from Boiled in Lead which is more or less traditional klezmer in its structure, but makes use of electric guitars in place of clarinets and violins. This is a signal that it's not your grandfather's klezmer that you're about to hear. A slow, stuttering semi-traditional work follows, to be broken again by the Klezmatics and their faster, more avant-garde breed of klezmer. Jazz giant Don Byron follows with his own take on the genre (one of the examples here of an outsider embracing the music). A cover of a 1923 recording then takes place courtesy of the German Aufwind. Worldbeat makes an appearance with the Paradox Trio, and earlier recordings from legend Abe Schwartz are sampled by Nathanson and Coleman. Klezmatic and Hasidic New Wave alum Frank London provides a number from the score to Shvitz. Kapelye contributes a piece that could very well have been directly from the swing era, and the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars follow suit with a modern take on klezmer altogether. The New Klezmer Trio slips in a performance of a bass-groove focused klezmer quietly. This disc is ended by a pair of misfits which work relatively well, given the distance between their incorporated genres. The Godchildren of Soul combine with the Klezmatics to produce a fusion of klezmer, funk, and hip-hop. Finally, Twistin' the Freylakhs provides a fusion of klezmer and surf-rock to finish off the disc, replacing the Russian balailaika from the original composition with a Fender guitar. For a wonderful look into the directions of contemporary klezmer, give this disc a try. Not all of the experiments work as well as one might hope, but the experiments are perhaps important nonetheless. It's also a good listen for most of the time.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/1997
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351670724
catalogNumber:
67007

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Performance Credits

Boiled in Lead   Track Performer
Mose Allison   Track Performer
Don Byron   Track Performer
New Klezmer Trio   Track Performer
Paradox   Track Performer
Kapelye   Track Performer
Klezmatics   Track Performer
Frank London   Track Performer
New Orleans Klezmer All Stars   Track Performer
Ahava Raba   Track Performer
Aufwind   Track Performer
Twistin' the Freylakhs   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Boiled in Lead   Arranger
Dave Tarras   Composer
Don Byron   Arranger
New Klezmer Trio   Arranger
Frank London   Arranger,Composer
Ben Mandelson   Arranger
Pete Sokolow   Arranger
Alicia Svigals   Arranger
Henry Sapoznik   Producer,Liner Notes
David Krakauer   Arranger
Charlie Dahan   Executive Producer
Aufwind   Arranger
David Medoff   Composer
Abe Schwartz   Composer

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