New York City: Global Beat of the Boroughs

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
There's no single city in the world like New York, because no other city has so many worlds within it. The Big Apple in all its kaleidoscopic variety is yours for the tasting on this fascinating collection of music from dozens of different ethnic groups who've made New York home. An information-crammed 40-page booklet is your guide, detailing the performers, their cultures, and their neighborhoods, but all that's really needed are open ears. Beginning with the Latin sounds of New York, circa 2001 -- Puerto Rican plena and bomba from estimable locals Viento de Agua and Los Pleneros de la 21 -- the collection leaves virtually no region of the world untouched. Albanian ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
There's no single city in the world like New York, because no other city has so many worlds within it. The Big Apple in all its kaleidoscopic variety is yours for the tasting on this fascinating collection of music from dozens of different ethnic groups who've made New York home. An information-crammed 40-page booklet is your guide, detailing the performers, their cultures, and their neighborhoods, but all that's really needed are open ears. Beginning with the Latin sounds of New York, circa 2001 -- Puerto Rican plena and bomba from estimable locals Viento de Agua and Los Pleneros de la 21 -- the collection leaves virtually no region of the world untouched. Albanian folk tunes, Korean classical music, Indo-Caribbean drum jams, salsa, calypso, Irish reels, klezmer, Ukrainian dances, and contemporary Arabic music make for a engaging parade of sounds. The recordings are uniformly excellent and feature some of the top artists in their fields: Hassidic jazz visionary Andy Statman, Palestinian oud star Simon Shaheen, Irish fiddlers Cherish the Ladies, and timbales legend Manny Oquendo are just some of the international stars who just happen to call New York home. Like any real New Yorker, you'll have your own favorites, but some outstanding cuts include Dickson Guillaume's Haitian gospel choir, straight out of East Flatbush and praising Jesus in Kreyol; Yuri Yunakov's dizzying "Cocek Manhattan" celebrating Balkans-style in 9/8 time; and the Neopolitan song "O Giglio e Paradiso," which commemorates a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, festival involving a two-ton aluminum tower, a statue of Saint Paulinus, 125 Italian guys, and pile of brass bands. All in all, this collection is a must for any New York-ophile.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This double-CD collection for the price of a single disc is a wonder of modern music from around the globe, all centered -- deeply -- in the international communities residing in New York City's boroughs from Brooklyn and Queens to Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx. The Smithsonian Folkways project has assembled, from the heart of the ethnic communities themselves, a transnational montage of such beauty, power, and passion, it is almost impossible to take both CDs in at one listen. While some of the performers here are well known, such as Manny Oquendo's y Libre and Simon Shaheen, Eileen Ivers, the Klezmatics, Cherish the Ladies, and Andy Statman all of whom have deep roots in the communities as cultural workers, the rest are virtually unknown outside their neighborhoods. There is the deep Columbian charanga blues of Los Macondos juxtaposed with the Jewish mountain music of El Tereza; the listener will find the radical swinging gospel of Rev. Timothy White and the Grace Tabernacle Choir near the traditional Puerto Rican bomba preached by the "Singing Newspaper" Los Pleneros de la 21. And while diversity in an of itself is no guarantee of quality in a series of proceedings like these, the production care and attention to detail in the sequencing -- let alone the phenomenal liner notes -- create a world that is united not only in song, but in the proximity of their region, as separate cultures thriving and succeeding in carrying on as traditional cultures in a single territory. And as the traditions take on new shades of meaning and expression from their new homeland -- Dominican singer Luis Dias' "Los Vecinos Oyen," which carries its traditional melody into the den of rock & roll dynamics and viscera, or Yuri Yukanov's melding of free jazz with Bulgarian and Ukranian wedding music -- a transcultural extension of music itself occurs. There are 31 selections here, from many nations, from Greece to Russia, to Latin America, the Middle East, and Southern Africa. All of them reflect the determination of preserving their heritages in a foreign land, while widening this new terrain with those traditions, cultural mannerisms, and artifacts, in this case the wealth and breadth of music. This was the finest collection of world music to come out on any American label in five years. That all of these musicians were residing in the city of New York makes it the most important cultural document since Harry Smith's original Anthology of American Folk Music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2001
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074049327
  • Catalog Number: 40493
  • Sales rank: 199,869

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fiesta de Plena - Viento de Agua (3:45)
  2. 2 Campo - Los Pleneros de La 21 (5:00)
  3. 3 Los Vecinos Oyen - Luis Días (4:10)
  4. 4 Caña Brava - Los Cinco Diablos (4:45)
  5. 5 Kangë Majekrahi - Besim Muriqi (0:57)
  6. 6 Shota - Besim Muriqi (2:21)
  7. 7 Doli Goca N' Penxhere - Faif Hyseni Orchestra (2:30)
  8. 8 Xing Jie - Music From China (6:15)
  9. 9 Nachay Nandalala - Sampat Dino Boodram (3:50)
  10. 10 Sanjo Kayageum - Korean Traditional Performing Arts Association (5:11)
  11. 11 Fakoli - Super Manden (6:05)
  12. 12 Yesá - Orlando "Puntilla" Rios (2:29)
  13. 13 Oquendo y Libre - Libre (4:02)
  14. 14 My Time (Excerpt) - CASYM Steel Orchestra (3:39)
  15. 15 Everything Will Be Alright - The Grace Tabernacle Choir (4:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cocek Manhattan - Yunakov, Yuri Ensemble (3:30)
  2. 2 Milino Kolo - Sau Family Orchestra (3:55)
  3. 3 Crowley's/Jackson's (3:22)
  4. 4 The Galloping Hound/McGreavy's/Cat's Meow/Fraher's (4:45)
  5. 5 Miroloi (Exerpt) - Halkias Family Orchestra (3:32)
  6. 6 Kokkino Gramma - Grigoris Maninakis (4:22)
  7. 7 A Freylekhn Purim - Andy Statman (4:15)
  8. 8 Khsidim Tanz (4:17)
  9. 9 Rara Processional /Kongo - La Troupe Makandal (5:47)
  10. 10 Sa Li Fe Pou Mwen - Dickson Guillaume & the New York State Haitian Int (3:58)
  11. 11 Charanga Completa - Macondos (5:40)
  12. 12 Olive Harvest - Qantara (4:08)
  13. 13 Segah Siute: Chrouky/Abou Zelof/Muwashshah [ - Natasha Hassam Youssef (6:05)
  14. 14 Improvisation on Mugam Chargah and "Gubayenim" - Ensemble Tereza (4:04)
  15. 15 Haida-Haida (2:13)
  16. 16 O Giglio E Paradiso - Phil Valli Orchestra (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Simon Shaheen Violin
Mike Richmond Double Bass
Willie Rodriguez Piano, Choir, Chorus
Andy Statman Clarinet
The Klezmatics Track Performer
Aiofe Clancy Guitar, Bodhran
Eileen Ivers Violin
Frisner Augustin Drums, Vocals
Anthony Carrillo Bata
Mary Coogan Guitar, Mandolin
Matt Darriau Alto Saxophone
John Doyle Guitar
Larry Eagle Percussion
Catherine Foster Clarinet
Charlie Giordano Accordion
Gene Golden Conga, Shekere
Andy González Bass Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Jamey Haddad Percussion
Tom Hayes Bodhran
David Krakauer Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
John La Barbera Guitar
Tang Liangxing Zhonghu
David Licht Drums
Frank London Trumpet, Cornet, Alto Horn
Donna Long Fiddle, Piano
Joanie Madden Flute, tin whistle
Wu Man Pipa
Olufemi Claudette Mitchell Choir, Chorus
Paul Morrissett Bass Guitar
Manny Oquendo Timbales
Mary Rafferty Accordion, tin whistle
Dan Reagan Trombone, Choir, Chorus
Najib Shaheen Ud
Lorin Sklamberg Accordion
Wayne Wallace Trombone
Jim Whitney Double Bass
Siobhan Egan Fiddle, Bodhran
Seido Salifoski Drums
Abdoulaye Diabate Vocals
Angel Vazquez Trombone
Eddie Rodrigues Percussion, Vocals
Yuri Yunakov Saxophone
Jose Rivera Choir, Chorus
Miguel "Menique" Barcasnegras Choir, Chorus
Alberto "Tito" Cepeda Maracas
Waldo Chavez Bass
Frankie Vazquez Vocals
Natasha Hassam Youssef Track Performer
Sam Charles Tanco Choir, Chorus
Nathaniel Townsley Drums
Robert Montoro Ortiz Drums
Nellie Tanco Choir, Chorus
Hector "Tito" Matos Conga, Vocals
Herman Olivera Vocals
Juan Gutiérrez Choir, Chorus
Abraham Rodríguez Percussion, Vocals
Abou Sylla Balan
Arcel Vickers Organ
Desmar Guevara Piano
Richard Nant Trumpet
Joe Fiedler Trombone
Tim Newman Trombone
Christian Davis Vocals
Alberto Toro Flute
Cheresque Track Performer
Mamadou Diabate Kora
Brad Schoeppach Guitar
Ricardo S. Pons Saxophone
Bassam Saba Flute, Nay
Merita Halili Vocals
Lefteris Bournias Clarinet
Technical Credits
Cherish the Ladies Arranger
Andy Statman Arranger
Eileen Ivers Arranger
Frisner Augustin Arranger, Contributor
John Doyle Arranger
Edward Haber Engineer, Mastering
Joanie Madden Arranger
Jeff Peters Engineer
John A. Schaefer Producer
Michael DeMark Engineer
Siobhan Egan Arranger
Ethel Raim Executive Producer
Stephen Shultis Engineer
Ricardo S. Pons Arranger, Musical Director
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