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|New Orleans Klezmer All Stars|
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, Pop
In recent years, a number of young bands have pushed the envelope of the traditional Yiddish music of klezmer by combining it with American pop influences. New York's Klezmatics have attracted the most attention with provo... more »
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In recent years, a number of young bands have pushed the envelope of the traditional Yiddish music of klezmer by combining it with American pop influences. New York's Klezmatics have attracted the most attention with provocative album titles such as Rhythm & Jews and Jews with Horns, but no one has extended the possibilities of klezmer further than the New Orleans Klezmer All Stars. As their name implies, they combine the Eastern European music with their hometown's bacchanalian jazz and rhythm & blues. On The Big Kibosh, the septet adds elements of funk and avant-garde collage. At times they push their luck too far and lose the wonderful balance of old and new that marked their two earlier albums. On the other hand, these young players have become such impressive musicians that it's exciting to hear them take such chances. --Geoffrey Himes
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Great Introduction to Klezmer Music!
celia | baltimore, MD | 02/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I was looking for something new at Best Buy, I had to sift through a ton of unoriginal, cookie-cutter mainstream trash before I got to the Folk section. But that's another story. I picked up "The Big Kibosh" not knowing what kind of music it was, i just thought the cover was interesting. Well, i was pleasantly surprised-accordions have never sounded as good as this before! I do like that they have an accordion; some bands choose to go without one, and that can be good too, but this accordionist is accomplished beyond belief! They start out on the right, upbeat, crazy note with the spirit-lifting "Wake-up Call", which puts you in the mood for the wonderful craziness that pervades the rest of the CD, stopping only for "transition to buffet" and picking right back up again. I would not recommend spinning this one when you are uptight, nervous or anxious, because the many different sounds, the fast pace and the ever-changing tempos and tunes sre not meant to calm you down. Some of the songs near the end of the CD give the impression that they were running low on inspiration, but just when you're about to skip back to the early tracks, on comes the spectacular violin-based "Bob's birthday song", where the phrasing is so vivid that you can just see the circus clowns serenading their friend Bob. "Bweep Bweep" could have been improved by stopping after 10 minutes, but it is a fantastic, catchy song. Overall, a fantastic intro to the wonderful world of klezmer music."
Incredible combination of innovative jazz and klezmer!!!
firstname.lastname@example.org | Huntington Beach, California | 07/30/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This group has really got it together. They've managed to take klezmer music and combine it with innovative and exciting modern jazz rifts and style. The music also reflects they're New Orleans heritage which adds an additional element of complexity and excitement. This album is an absolute must for anyone who believes groups should not play to the lowest common denominator!!!!! Itzhak Perlman would add some real spice to his act with this group in tow!"
One of my favorites!
email@example.com | 11/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This ins't just a CD that contains Klezmer music, it contains Klezmer music and great songs, all well as wacky sounds. My dad showed it to me a lond time ago, and it was my first introduction to Kelzmer music. Now I'm looking foward to hearing their other CD."