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Rough Guide to Klezmer
     

The Rough Guide to Klezmer

 
The editors at the Rough Guide seem almost uniquely able to glean the best of a particular genre for their compilations -- gathering the classic and the visionary, the famous and the undiscovered gems -- and making every song count. This collection is no exception. From Naftule Brandwein, the clarinet legend in New York in the

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The editors at the Rough Guide seem almost uniquely able to glean the best of a particular genre for their compilations -- gathering the classic and the visionary, the famous and the undiscovered gems -- and making every song count. This collection is no exception. From Naftule Brandwein, the clarinet legend in New York in the '20s and '30s who left behind a few dozen 78s for the inspiration of future generations, to the downtown avant-garde mania of Naftule's Dream, who hit their stride seven decades later, the compilation is a swinging pendulum of musical and cultural history. Several tracks show the evolution of klezmer as it progressed through the history of the Jewish diaspora and picked up local elements, whether folk instruments of Eastern Europe or funk-jazz riffs of New York City. Some of the most fascinating facets of the klezmer tradition are shown through performers like Alicia Svigals, with her ethereal melodic lines, and the passionate, exuberant performances of many others, including Budowitz, Brave Old World, and the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2000
Label:
World Music Network
UPC:
0605633104721
catalogNumber:
331047

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