Oy to the World: A Klezmer Christmas

Oy to the World: A Klezmer Christmas

by Klezmonauts

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Oy to the World: A Klezmer Christmas

An odd coalition of music in theory, but with beautiful execution. The Klezmonauts, a somewhat avant-garde (at times) klezmer group in their own right, have taken it upon themselves on this album to rework a number of Christmas songs (here's where the theory gets sticky -- klezmer is traditional Jewish music). On top of the obvious discrepancy in religion of the music, other bits are thrown in from time to time: surf guitar helps power through "Little Drummer Boy," a bit of Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western in "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," Gershwin in "Jingle Bells," and Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" in "Good King Wenceslas." The vigor of klezmer actually works exceptionally well for the music (at least the selections that they decided to pursue). One original work also appears, co-written by Mark Pierce and Paul Libman, the group leader: "Santa Gey Gezunderheit." The instrumentation of the klezmer group works well for the music, as does the ability of the performers. The music is jumping inordinately, and that's a good thing for the case. It's traditional Christmas music that forces the listener to tap their feet. Pick it up as a fan of klezmer or as one of the innumerable Christmas albums available, but make sure to pick it up.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/2000
UPC: 0669822370427
catalogNumber: 3704

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Klezmonauts   Primary Artist,Group
Fareed Haque   Guitar
Rob Parton   Trumpet
Lorin Binford   Trombone
Tom Dziallo   Guitar
Johnny Frigo   Violin
Barbara Haffner   Cello
Eric Hochberg   Bass
David Jones   Clarinet
Paul Libman   Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Performing Ensemble
Russ Phillips   Trombone
Tom Radtke   Drums
Arnie Roth   Violin
Mark Walker   Drums
Pat Ferreri   Guitar,Mandolin
John Rice   Guitar,Mandolin
Judy Stone   Cello
Bobby Lewis   Trumpet
Jim Gailloreto   Clarinet
Shelley Yoelin   Clarinet
Joel Fox   Percussion
Willy Schwarz   Accordion
David O Jones   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Harry Simeone   Composer
Katherine Davis   Composer
Larry Hinds   Producer,Engineer
Paul Libman   Arranger,Producer,Artwork,Orchestration,Concept
Henry Onorati   Composer
John Mason Neale   Composer
John Henry Hopkins   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer

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