Live in Florence

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All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
Released less than a year after Naftule's Dream's live album, Job, Live in Florence works as both a counterpart and complement. Job was a high-class recording, taped live but extensively "enhanced" in post-production by Bill Laswell -- polished to a point where you start to lose the grittiness of true live playing in favor of a re-created in-your-face sound. Recorded on April 30, 2001, direct to two-track digital audio tape, Live in Florence preserves more of the ambience of a Naftule's Dream concert while sacrificing on hi-fi quality. What's more interesting is the fact that both albums intersect very little when it comes to track lists, with only "A Prayer for No ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
Released less than a year after Naftule's Dream's live album, Job, Live in Florence works as both a counterpart and complement. Job was a high-class recording, taped live but extensively "enhanced" in post-production by Bill Laswell -- polished to a point where you start to lose the grittiness of true live playing in favor of a re-created in-your-face sound. Recorded on April 30, 2001, direct to two-track digital audio tape, Live in Florence preserves more of the ambience of a Naftule's Dream concert while sacrificing on hi-fi quality. What's more interesting is the fact that both albums intersect very little when it comes to track lists, with only "A Prayer for No One," "Industrial Bulgar," and "Dirge Sirba" appearing on both -- and upon hearing the versions of the latter two, you'll understand why they are reprised here. The remainder of the set comes mostly from 1998's Smash, Clap. The band is in great shape, delivering a mean "Free Klez" as the disc's opener and keeping the energy level way up throughout the set. Clarinetist Glenn Dickson's playfulness shines in "The Wanderer" while the soulful "A Prayer for No One" documents his tender, soulful side. Newcomers to the group's modern, free jazz-informed take on klezmer should start with Job or a studio album, but the enthusiast willing to tolerate a certain muddiness in sound quality will find Live in Florence an enjoyable addition to their discography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/2002
  • Label: Innova Records
  • UPC: 726708657222
  • Catalog Number: 572
  • Sales rank: 350,343

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Free Klez, Pt. 1-4 - Michael McLaughlin (8:51)
  2. 2 Aimless Path (5:29)
  3. 3 A Prayer for No One - Michael McLaughlin (5:04)
  4. 4 Industrial Burglar - Michael McLaughlin (6:13)
  5. 5 Dirge Sirba - Michael McLaughlin (5:17)
  6. 6 The Sitting Man - Michael McLaughlin (6:01)
  7. 7 The Wanderer (5:37)
  8. 8 A Friend of Kafka (4:44)
  9. 9 Discord (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Naftule's Dream Primary Artist
Glenn Dickson Clarinet
Michael McLaughlin Accordion
Eric Rosenthal Drums
Dave Harris Trombone
Pete Fitzpatrick Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Ernie Maresca Composer
Glenn Dickson Producer
John Servies Engineer
Howard Mandel Liner Notes
Philip Blackburn Director
Eric Rosenthal Producer
Dave Harris Mastering
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