The Jewish Songbook: The Heart & Humor of a People

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
The Jewish Songbook is the brainchild of Brooks Arthur, a veteran record producer whose long string of hits stretches back to the heyday of Brill Building pop. For years Arthur conceived of recording contemporary takes on popular and traditional Jewish songs, and once he found a willing label to green-light the project he rounded up an impressive cast that includes artists as diverse as Barbra Streisand, the Manhattan Transfer, Herb Alpert, Adam Sandler (who plays it straight on his "Hine Ma Tov," sharing the spotlight with Cantor Marcelo Gindlin), Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Theodore Bikel, and Lainie Kazan to carry out his ideas. The repertoire exposes the range of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
The Jewish Songbook is the brainchild of Brooks Arthur, a veteran record producer whose long string of hits stretches back to the heyday of Brill Building pop. For years Arthur conceived of recording contemporary takes on popular and traditional Jewish songs, and once he found a willing label to green-light the project he rounded up an impressive cast that includes artists as diverse as Barbra Streisand, the Manhattan Transfer, Herb Alpert, Adam Sandler (who plays it straight on his "Hine Ma Tov," sharing the spotlight with Cantor Marcelo Gindlin), Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Theodore Bikel, and Lainie Kazan to carry out his ideas. The repertoire exposes the range of styles that fall under the catchall umbrella of "Jewish music," but it's what Arthur does with the songs that makes the project such a mitzvah. There's a solemnity to much of it, but not always: Jason Alexander might have been expected to treat "Shake Hands with Your Uncle Max," an old one by the late parodist Allan Sherman, with levity. Instead, he and his accompanists turn the song around into a serious treatise on the value of family. "Hatikvah," as close as the Jewish people have to an official anthem, on the other hand, is treated by Marvin Hamlisch and Kenny Karen with the absolute reverence it commands, as is Neil Sedaka's rendition of "My Yiddishe Momme." With contributing musicians as talented as Max Weinberg, Dave Koz, klezmer clarinetist Andy Statman, and Alpert fleshing out his concepts, Brooks Arthur's tribute to Jewish musical culture is anything but meshuggah.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663109009
  • Catalog Number: 10900
  • Sales rank: 70,866

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Utt Da Zay - Andy Statman (3:40)
  2. 2 My Yiddishe Momme - Neil Sedaka (5:13)
  3. 3 Raisins and Almonds - Dave Koz (4:18)
  4. 4 Mein Shtetele Belz - Herb Alpert & Alicia Svigals (5:26)
  5. 5 Bagel & Lox - Rob Schneider (2:54)
  6. 6 Shake Hands with Your Uncle Max - Jason Alexander (3:03)
  7. 7 Mahzel (Means Good Luck) - Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (3:40)
  8. 8 Joe and Paul - Richard Belzer (3:15)
  9. 9 Sheyn VI di l'Vone - Lainie Kazan (3:33)
  10. 10 Sabbath Prayer - Betsy Hammer (2:31)
  11. 11 Hine Ma Tov - Cantor Marcelo Gindlin (2:51)
  12. 12 Hatikvah - Kenny Karen (4:25)
  13. 13 Avinu Malkeinu - Barbra Streisand (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Theodore Bikel Vocals
Neil Sedaka Piano, Vocals
Barbra Streisand Vocals
Herb Alpert Trumpet, Soloist
Mike Garson Piano, Soloist
Dave Koz Saxophone
Bob Malach Saxophone
Ken Peplowski Clarinet
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Tom Scott Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Janis Siegel Track Performer
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Brooks Arthur Vocals
Cheryl Bentyne Track Performer
John Chiodini Guitar
Bruce Dukov Violin, Soloist
Paul Shaffer Tambourine, Vocals
Marvin Hamlisch Piano, Conductor
Andy Statman Clarinet
Art Baron Trombone
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Artie Butler Conductor
Gene Cipriano Clarinet
Joe d'Elia Piano, Conductor
Marc Ellis Acoustic Guitar, Clarinet, Flute, Celeste, Bass Clarinet, Harp, Oboe, Choir, Chorus, Vibes, Synthesizer Drums
Ray Ellis Conductor
Stephen Erdody Cello
Lawrence Feldman Clarinet
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Irwin Fisch Piano
Guillermo Guzman Bass
Betsy Hammer Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jimmie Haskell Accordion, Conductor
Tim Hauser Track Performer
Don Heffington Drums
Roland Kato Viola
Brian Koonin Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jay Leonhart Bass
Charles Loper Trombone
Warren Luening Trumpet
Bob Millikan Trumpet
Lee Musiker Keyboards
Rick Palombi Vocal Harmony
Shawn Pelton Drums
Katia Popov Violin
Andrea Robinson Vocal Harmony
Alicia Svigals Violin
Max Weinberg Drums
Scott Wendholt Trumpet
Adam Sandler Vocals
Gregg Field Drums
Gayle Levant Piano
Waddy Wachtel Guitar, Conductor
Daniel Kelley French Horn
Lainie Kazan Vocals
Kenny Karen Vocals
Richard Belzer Vocals
Rupert Gregson-Williams Piano
Rob Schneider Vocals
Kuno Schmid Conductor
Ray Musiker Clarinet
Technical Credits
Allan Sherman Composer
Theodore Bikel translation
Barbra Streisand Producer
Mike Garson Arranger
Janis Siegel Vocal Arrangements
Irving Mills Composer
Brooks Arthur Producer, Liner Notes
Buck Ram Composer
Marvin Hamlisch Arranger
Sheldon Harnick Composer
Jerry Bock Composer
Larry Alexander Engineer, Digital Editing
Artie Butler Arranger
Joe d'Elia Arranger
Marc Ellis Arranger, Engineer, Orchestration, Synthesizer Orchestration
Ray Ellis Arranger
Abraham Goldfaden Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Jimmie Haskell Arranger
Jacob Jacobs Composer
David McLees Executive Producer
Alexander Olshanetsky Composer
Sid Tepper Composer
Gabe Veltri Engineer
Artie Wayne Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Brian Zee Engineer
Adam Sandler Adaptation
Waddy Wachtel Arranger
Jay Sanders Executive Producer
Richard Foos Executive Producer
Max Janowsky Composer
Robert Smigel Composer
Lew Pollack Composer
Stanley Lionel Composer
Joseph Rumshinsky Composer
Chaim Towber Composer
Bryan Zee Engineer
Traditional Composer
Ghian Wright Engineer
Leo Fuld Composer
Kuno Schmid Orchestration
Jack Beekman Composer
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