Kosher Nostra: Jewish Gangsters Greatest Hits

Kosher Nostra: Jewish Gangsters Greatest Hits


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Kosher Nostra: Jewish Gangsters Greatest Hits

The Jewish criminal underworld flourished in New York City as early as the mid-19th century, wrestling with Italian and Irish elements into the mid-'50s for control of the city's criminal commerce, while Jewish gangsters Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel later became prime movers behind the rise of Las Vegas as the gambling capital of America. The Kosher Nostra compilation catalogues this era, not with Phil Spector hits like a Martin Scorsese film, but with the type of music that could've soundtracked Scarface -- the 1932 film, not the 1983 film -- and likely brought tears to the eyes of Jewish gangsters (or at least their parents) during their prime of the 1920s through the '50s. During those decades, entertainers, both those with Jewish heritage and those without, welded Jewish music to burgeoning American forms like jazz, R&B, and rock & roll. The compilers, Shantel and Oz Almog, both have excellent credentials for this type of venture; Shantel is not only a top dance DJ but a student of the criminal underworld (with a college thesis to his credit), while Oz Almog is an artist who has mounted exhibitions featuring mug shots and gangster biographies. Fans of '70s gangster movies may find this, ironically, a little too hardcore (substitute Al Jolson for Al Martino, and Connie Francis for Ronnie Spector), but this music, often with heavily traditional influences, flavors, and language, shines a spotlight on the same type of crime and culture found in Low Life, Luc Sante's eye-opening book on the New York underworld of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2011
Label: Essay Recordings
UPC: 4250536400072
catalogNumber: 13

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Jolson   Arranger
Aaron Lebedeff   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Arranger,Composer
Abraham Ellstein   Composer
Jacob Jacobs   Composer
Leon René   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Cleo Brown   Composer
Shantel   Producer,Liner Notes
Lew Pollack   Composer
Otis Rene   Composer
Joseph Rumshinsky   Composer
Sholom Secunda   Composer
Robert Shad   Composer
Chaim Tauber   Composer
Paul Burkhard   Composer
Cy Coben   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ishbel Flett   translation
Jean Trouillet   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Robert Gilbert   Composer
John Turner   Composer
Erik Charell   Composer
Frederick Hendricks   Composer
Isidor Lillian   Composer
Oz Almog   Producer,Artwork
Leonid Utjossow   Composer
Juerd Amstein   Composer
Panayiotis Toundas   Composer
Jacob Jacobskammen   Composer
Molly Picon Kalich   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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