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Jews With Horns
Klezmatics
Jews With Horns
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
 
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If Klezmer music resembles American Dixieland, German cabaret and Balkan dance bands, it's because Yiddish musicians of the 1910s and 1920s weren't afraid to borrow from the gentile music around them. Most of the modern kl...  more »

      
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All Artists: Klezmatics
Title: Jews With Horns
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Label: Xenophile Records
Release Date: 6/6/1995
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Jewish & Yiddish, Middle East, Israel
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 048248403221

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If Klezmer music resembles American Dixieland, German cabaret and Balkan dance bands, it's because Yiddish musicians of the 1910s and 1920s weren't afraid to borrow from the gentile music around them. Most of the modern klezmer revivalist bands prefer to preserve the hybrid form of the music as it crystallized before the Holocaust, but the Klezmatics think a '90s klezmer band should be able to borrow just as freely as a '20s band. As a result, Jews with Horns features guest appearances by such New York pals as Elvis Costello guitarist Marc Ribot and the members of Betty and Moxy Fruvous. The Klezmatics themselves have played with such diverse acts as Shockabilly, Music from Marlboro, Lester Bowie, John Zorn, LL Cool J, They Might Be Giants and the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band. For all that, the irreverently pun-titled Jews with Horns is definitely a klezmer album. It features Yiddish lyrics, the usual instrumentation of clarinet, fiddle, accordion, trumpet, bass, and drums, and either traditional melodies or traditional-sounding tunes. The modern influence can be heard in the way these acoustic dance rhythms really kick and in the soloists' pursuit of high-energy excitement, even if it involves a little dissonance. --Geoffrey Himes

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A great, great album!
T. Murphy | San Jose, California United States | 11/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Klezmatics are the best klezmer band working today. While amazingly fresh and contemporary in their musical borrowings and instrumental sound (acid jazz, surf guitar, ska rhythms), their music is undisputably pure klezmer. The melodies are infectious and memorable, and there's plenty of musical risk-taking to make your ears prick up again and again (Frank London's use of a ragged octagenarian chorus is especially novel). Pick up some Klezmatics discs, and, if you like them, consider giving Hasidic New Wave a shot."
The Best Klezmatics Yet!
Michael N | 10/31/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This albumn is the best one I have listened to. Some songs on there i cannot, get out of my head. Every real fan of klezma should buy this albumn. OY!"
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Eleanor Corner | Edmonds, WA USA | 11/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD appealed to everyone in my family, pre-teens, teens, and adults - quite a feat for our varied tastes. There are lively, toe-tapping songs, and thoughtful instrumentals. All combine to create a terrific album and one of those rare cd's that we liked almost every song."