Klezmer Cafe Jew Zoo

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943702628
  • Catalog Number: 76026
  • Sales rank: 132,029


Disc 1
  1. 1 Birobidzhan - Yale Strom (3:55)
  2. 2 Hora Din Caval - Yale Strom (4:05)
  3. 3 The Bonsetter's Last Dance - Yale Strom (6:53)
  4. 4 Stoliner Skotshne #1 - Yale Strom (3:56)
  5. 5 Imenu Malkatseynu - Yale Strom (7:22)
  6. 6 Dorohoi Khusidl - Yale Strom (6:33)
  7. 7 Café Jew Zoo - Yale Strom (7:18)
  8. 8 Shakhres - Yale Strom (4:29)
  9. 9 Yekele the Bonesetter - Yale Strom (4:32)
  10. 10 Stoliner Skotshne #2 - Yale Strom (3:17)
  11. 11 L' Chayim, Comrade Stalin! - Yale Strom (7:55)
  12. 12 Waltz Amur - Yale Strom (4:03)
  13. 13 Ten Plagues - Yale Strom (6:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Klazzj Primary Artist
Mark Dresser Bass
Andy Statman Clarinet, Mandolin
Fred Benedetti Guitar
Hollis "Bud" Burridge Trumpet
James Mussen Drums
Gene Perry Bongos, Conga, Shaker
Tripp Sprague Organ, Tenor Saxophone
Marty Confurius Bass
Norbert Satchel Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, shofar
Yale Strom Violin, Background Vocals
Jeff Pekarek Bass, Guitar, Cello
Peter Stan Accordion
Ismail Butera Accordion, Tambourine
Diane Moser Organ
Elizabeth Schwartz Vocals, Background Vocals, shofar
Technical Credits
Fred Benedetti Arranger, Engineer
Tripp Sprague Engineer
Dave Roberts Engineer
Norbert Satchel Arranger
Ronnie Thomas Mastering
Yale Strom Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Michael Brorby Engineer
Jeff Pekarek Arranger
Archie Barkan translation
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yale Strom is a Golden God!

    Okay, so I borrowed that line, but in terms of klezmer, Yale Strom is hands-down the most innovative composer, arranger, fiddler, bandleader working today. I bought this CD to complete my set of Strom's CD's and it is far and away the best yet -- in fact, every CD is better than the previous one. This artist grows, and is definitely continuing to grow on me. Any serious (or comic) fan of klezmer music needs this CD in their collection (and by the way -- nice title... A little righteous rage is good for the soul, right?)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    I bought this cd because I like Strom's previous recordings and also, because I LOVE Andy Statman. The CD delivers. Kudos to Strom for the original compositions, which are varied and distinctly excellent. But I am particularly impressed with the vocal pieces, because it's rare to find new songs in Yiddish, and the lyrics are every bit as good as the melodies. Of these, "Cafe Jew Zoo" is my all-time favorite Yiddish song, period -- I can't stop singing the refrain and underneath its catchiness, it actually tells a thoughtful and profound story. There may even be a couple of tunes on this cd that can crossover -- and that would be great for Jewish music to get more into the mainstream. Lastly, all the musicians are uniformly excellent, and the vocalist, Elizabeth Schwartz has only improved since "Garden of Yidn" (and she was already pretty damn good on that one).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Moving and Uplifting Melodic Journey

    I LOVE this CD!! There are so many moods and colors -- beautiful melodies that moved me to tears as in "Shakres" and "Waltz Amur;" bouncy cynicism as in "Birobidzhan" and "L'Chayim Comrade Stalin" and old-fashioned-get-on-your-feet-and-dance Klezmer and new jazzy klezmer. And much much more. The liner notes alone are worth the price -- full of explanations, history and deep feelings for the Jewish people. And then there's the voice of Elizabeth Schwartz. Not only does she caress the music magically, I could picture her equally comfortable in a jazz club with that low, smokey, evocative tone. I think this album has all the parts -- music, feeling, meaning, intelligence and passion.

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