With Every Breath: Music of Shabbat at BJ

With Every Breath: Music of Shabbat at BJ

by Anthony Coleman


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With Every Breath: Music of Shabbat at BJ

Members of the N.Y.C.-based Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, one of the largest and oldest synagogues in North America, team with Knitting Factory stablemates keyboardist Anthony Coleman, bassist Chris Lightcap, percussionist Jim Pugliese, guitarist Mark Ribot, and other instrumentalists. They have combined the sacred songs of the Jewish faith from several different ethnic perspectives to create a world music that is based on ancient traditions flavored by contemporary instrumentation, while losing none of its spiritual texture or soul. The songs are sung in Hebrew by Rabbis Marcelo Bronstein and J. Rolando Matalon, Hazzan Ari Priven, Lizzie Leiman Kraiem, and Baysa Schechter, who also adds percussion. They range from the Sephardic "Et Dodim" with piano and Erik Friedlander's reverent cello and "Ein Keloheinu" charged by lilting piano and Josh Roseman's trombone, to the recitation about God on "Adon Olam" and the pure Jerusalemic "Hamavdil." Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach wrote "Niggun," a chant with organ, and "Kaddeshenu," the most spirited piece approaching dervish proportions, with Brad Shepik on Bulgarian guitar, very danceable and upbeat. There's the a cappella traditional Turkish piece "Yigdal," the Sufi-oriented "Hine Ma Tov," and "Lekha Dodi," which uses Turkish, Bulgarian, and Hasidic motifs in a love poem/hymn replete with sounds of the harmonium, oud, bass, guitar, and percussion. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan contributed "Halleluyah," which has rich harmonies and counterpointed vocals, and needs little other joyful explanation. Fiddler on the Roof or even remotely jazz this ain't, but one of the more heartfelt fusions of world music from many perspectives under a religious banner. If you enjoy klezmer, you should check this out -- it is the real thing.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/1999
Label: Knitting Factory
UPC: 0035828025829
catalogNumber: 258

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anthony Coleman   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Harmonium
Marc Ribot   Banjo,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Erik Friedlander   Cello
Omar Faruk Tekbilek   Oud,Baglama,Ney
Doug Wieselman   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Brad Shepik   Guitar
Josh Roseman   Trombone
Ben Street   Bass
Michael Hess   Violin,Ney
Basya Schechter   Percussion,Background Vocals
Chris Lightcap   Bass
Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein   Vocals
Lizzie Leiman Kraiem   Background Vocals
Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon   Vocals
Hazzan Ari Priven   Vocals
Jim Pugliese   Percussion

Technical Credits

Anthony Coleman   Arranger,Producer
David Merrill   Engineer
Rob Paustian   Engineer
Tim Conklin   Engineer
Tommy Dekorte   Engineer
Dan Yashiz   Engineer
David Singer   Executive Producer
Courtney Connell   Engineer
Ari Priven   Musical Director
Allen Towbin   Engineer
Philip Wild   Executive Producer
Pamela Prichett   Illustrations,Paintings
Diego Vainesman   Art Direction

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