Klezmer Cafe Jew Zoo

Klezmer Cafe Jew Zoo

by Klazzj

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2003
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0636943702628
catalogNumber: 76026

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Klazzj   Primary Artist
Mark Dresser   Bass
Andy Statman   Clarinet,Mandolin
Fred Benedetti   Guitar
Hollis "Bud" Burridge   Trumpet
James Mussen   Drums
Gene Perry   Bongos,Conga,Shaker
Tripp Sprague   Organ,Tenor Saxophone
Marty Confurius   Bass
Norbert Satchel   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,shofar
Yale Strom   Violin,Background Vocals
Jeff Pekarek   Bass,Guitar,Cello
Peter Stan   Accordion
Ismail Butera   Accordion,Tambourine
Diane Moser   Organ
Elizabeth Schwartz   Vocals,Background Vocals,shofar

Technical Credits

Fred Benedetti   Arranger,Engineer
Tripp Sprague   Engineer
Dave Roberts   Engineer
Norbert Satchel   Arranger
Yale Strom   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Michael Brorby   Engineer
Jeff Pekarek   Arranger
Archie Barkan   translation

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Klezmer Cafe Jew Zoo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this cd because I like Strom's previous recordings and also, because I LOVE Andy Statman. The CD delivers. Kudos to Strom for the original compositions, which are varied and distinctly excellent. But I am particularly impressed with the vocal pieces, because it's rare to find new songs in Yiddish, and the lyrics are every bit as good as the melodies. Of these, "Cafe Jew Zoo" is my all-time favorite Yiddish song, period -- I can't stop singing the refrain and underneath its catchiness, it actually tells a thoughtful and profound story. There may even be a couple of tunes on this cd that can crossover -- and that would be great for Jewish music to get more into the mainstream. Lastly, all the musicians are uniformly excellent, and the vocalist, Elizabeth Schwartz has only improved since "Garden of Yidn" (and she was already pretty damn good on that one).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, so I borrowed that line, but in terms of klezmer, Yale Strom is hands-down the most innovative composer, arranger, fiddler, bandleader working today. I bought this CD to complete my set of Strom's CD's and it is far and away the best yet -- in fact, every CD is better than the previous one. This artist grows, and is definitely continuing to grow on me. Any serious (or comic) fan of klezmer music needs this CD in their collection (and by the way -- nice title... A little righteous rage is good for the soul, right?)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this CD!! There are so many moods and colors -- beautiful melodies that moved me to tears as in "Shakres" and "Waltz Amur;" bouncy cynicism as in "Birobidzhan" and "L'Chayim Comrade Stalin" and old-fashioned-get-on-your-feet-and-dance Klezmer and new jazzy klezmer. And much much more. The liner notes alone are worth the price -- full of explanations, history and deep feelings for the Jewish people. And then there's the voice of Elizabeth Schwartz. Not only does she caress the music magically, I could picture her equally comfortable in a jazz club with that low, smokey, evocative tone. I think this album has all the parts -- music, feeling, meaning, intelligence and passion.