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Old Roots New World

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Almost anything one writes about klezmer music sounds a bit serious. Originating from Eastern Europe, klezmer, or Jewish folk music, features clarinet and fiddle, but can also include tuba, trumpet, saxophone, flute, piano, percussion, and vocals. This information, however, fails to convey how much fun a group like the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band can be. Eclectic and occasionally outrageous, the 17-member band is bursting at the buttons with intensity. With bouncy instrumentals like "A Lively Honga" and happy vocals like "Play, Fiddle, Play/Yidl With the Fiddle," Old Roots New World reminds one of a cross between John Philip Sousa and cabaret. Kimber Leigh Nussbaum ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Almost anything one writes about klezmer music sounds a bit serious. Originating from Eastern Europe, klezmer, or Jewish folk music, features clarinet and fiddle, but can also include tuba, trumpet, saxophone, flute, piano, percussion, and vocals. This information, however, fails to convey how much fun a group like the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band can be. Eclectic and occasionally outrageous, the 17-member band is bursting at the buttons with intensity. With bouncy instrumentals like "A Lively Honga" and happy vocals like "Play, Fiddle, Play/Yidl With the Fiddle," Old Roots New World reminds one of a cross between John Philip Sousa and cabaret. Kimber Leigh Nussbaum handles most of the vocals and her theatrical style on pieces like "Congratulations, Bride and Groom" captures the joyful spirit of a wedding celebration. Violinist Alex Koffman has done a fine job of providing lively arrangements for many of these songs and instrumentals, which must have been quite a task with all the musicians involved. The band does have a serious side, though it's easy to overlook it amidst so much excitement. A quiet, reflective "Leah's Saraband" crosses folk and classical traditions, while the lyric of "Springtime" recalls the Holocaust and how one woman attempts to continue with her life after the murder of her husband. The album ends with the ambitious "Klezmer Rhapsody for Violin," a 17-minute instrumental with multiple phases ranging from ecstatic to thoughtful. With Old Roots New World, the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band deliver an album that captures the band's abundant energy and versatility.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351670823
  • Catalog Number: 67008
  • Sales rank: 176,355

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maxwell Street Klezmer Band Primary Artist
Jim Cox String Bass
Sam Margolis Trombone
Ivo Braun Trumpet
Jeff Jeziorski Clarinet
Alex Koffman Violin, Vocals, Soloist
Lori Lippitz Vocals
Shelley Yoelin Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Ralph Wilder Clarinet, Conductor
Bibi Marcell Vocals
David Rothstein String Bass
Kimber Leigh Nussbaum Vocals
Gail Mangurten Piano
Technical Credits
Martin Stebbing Engineer
Yuri Bokov Arranger
Alex Koffman Arranger, Producer, Contributor, Art Direction
Lori Lippitz Producer, Liner Notes
Josj Lopatin Engineer
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