Plays the Music of Mickey Katz

Plays the Music of Mickey Katz

by Don Byron
     
 

No one recognized the manic possibilities of klezmer more than clarinetist Mickey Katz, whose 1945-1947 tenure with Spike Jones spawned a comedy band that launched such funny travesties as the Yiddish cowpoke ditty "Haim Afen Range" or the Jewish-Hawaiian "Mechaye War Chant." Katz used humor to expand the musical boundaries of klezmer,See more details below

Overview

No one recognized the manic possibilities of klezmer more than clarinetist Mickey Katz, whose 1945-1947 tenure with Spike Jones spawned a comedy band that launched such funny travesties as the Yiddish cowpoke ditty "Haim Afen Range" or the Jewish-Hawaiian "Mechaye War Chant." Katz used humor to expand the musical boundaries of klezmer, thrusting it into the laps of World War II mainstream America at a time when Yiddish was identified as a victim's language and most Jewish music looked backward in time because the post-Holocaust present was intolerable. Playing Katz's songs demands prodigious chops, hence the attraction of Katz to molecule-splitting clarinetist Don Byron, who demonstrates nerve presenting Katz the monologist as the equal of Katz the composer. In sum, convoluted, kaleidoscopic silliness topped with Byron's usual dazzling self.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/1993
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597931327
catalogNumber:
79313

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Byron   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Conductor,Vocals
Jay Berliner   Mandolin
Rosalie Gerut   Vocals
Jerry Gonzalez   Percussion,Latin Percussion
J.D. Parran   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone
Uri Caine   Piano,Background Vocals
Dave Douglas   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Mark Feldman   Violin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Avi Hoffman   Vocals,Background Vocals
Daniel Hovey   Guitar,Hawaiian Guitar
Brandon Ross   Guitar
Lorin Sklamberg   Vocals
Josh Roseman   Trombone,Background Vocals,Whistle (Instrument)
Richie Schwarz   Percussion,Drums,Xylophone
Loretta Malta   Background Vocals
Steve Alcott   Bass

Technical Credits

Don Byron   Contributor,Liner Notes,Re-arranged,Re-Orchestration
Jimmy Kennedy   Adaptation
George Horn   Mastering
Tom Lazarus   Engineer
Hans Wendl   Producer
Mickey Katz   Contributor
Josh Roseman   Sound Effects
Carol Yaple   Executive Producer
Ralph Freed   Adaptation
Lester Allen   Adaptation
Henri Betti   Composer
Alta Starr   Liner Notes
Johnny Noble   Adaptation
Cori Wells Braun   Cover Photo
Raul Ferrão   Adaptation
Robert Hill   Adaptation

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