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My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs
     

My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs

by Rick Moranis
 
Coming eight years after his country-flavored album The Agoraphobic Cowboy, Rick Moranis' 2013 effort is still based in musical comedy, but it goes in a completely different direction, because there's not much call for songs like "Live Blogging the Himel Family Bris" or "Kiss My Mezuzah" down at the local honky tonk. For all the schlemiels who haven't figured

Overview

Coming eight years after his country-flavored album The Agoraphobic Cowboy, Rick Moranis' 2013 effort is still based in musical comedy, but it goes in a completely different direction, because there's not much call for songs like "Live Blogging the Himel Family Bris" or "Kiss My Mezuzah" down at the local honky tonk. For all the schlemiels who haven't figured it out, My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs is the joyful and loving sound of Moranis returning to his Jewish American roots, with klezmer, jazz, folk, and nostalgic pop music supporting witty songs about food, tradition, family, and food. The title track is a rhumba where he goes on "another chivas bender" over the family dish he's ever so homesick over, while "I'm Old Enough to Be You Zaide" is the passionate Jewish tango version of Lolita or the Police's "Don't Stand So Close to Me" as our hero nervously removes his sweat-stained yarmulke and protests to the young woman "You're digital and I'm still Beta." With wonderfully alive klezmer music behind him plus the opening lines "We ran into the Feldmans, man did they look great/Mindy graduated with a 3.8" the key track "Pu-Pu-Pu" is entirely in the style of the album's main influence, '60s great novelty song artist Allan Sherman, whose style is reflected in Moranis' heavily-accented delivery, lyrics that mix the modern and the traditional, and even the album's nostalgia-filled artwork. Moranis retired from making movies in 1997, and while many would like to see him bust ghosts and shrink kids again, smart, strange projects like these are as rich and rewarding as his work for SCTV. My Mother's Brisket is delicious, delightful, and quite a tribute. Mazel tov!

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/2013
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624943860
catalogNumber:
535492
Rank:
63335

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Performance Credits

Rick Moranis   Primary Artist
Jack Bashkow   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Emily Bindiger   Background Vocals
Tim Ouimette   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Min Xiao-Fen   Pipa
Bob Mastro   Violin
Gary Schreiner   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Chromatic Harmonica
John Widgren   Pedal Steel Guitar
Doug Yowell   Percussion,Drums
Jordan Jancz   Cello
Thad DeBrock   Guitar
Mike Visceglia   Bass

Technical Credits

Rick Moranis   Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes
Chris Abell   Engineer
Gary Schreiner   Arranger,Producer
Traditional   Composer

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