Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Frank London, Uri Caine, Lorin Sklamberg|
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Folk, World Music, Jazz, Pop
Imagine the Klezmatics in a small club, or maybe it's a living room, and it's just a subset of the great New York klezmer updaters, playing without a drummer, without a bassist, and without the great Alicia Svigals--keepin... more »
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Imagine the Klezmatics in a small club, or maybe it's a living room, and it's just a subset of the great New York klezmer updaters, playing without a drummer, without a bassist, and without the great Alicia Svigals--keeping their core, trad-meets-modern sound solidly intact. In fact, it's just trumpeter Frank London and vocalist Loren Sklamberg. But there's a pianist, Uri Caine, who hops from the ivories to a harmonium and a Hammond B-3 organ. This is the record such a group would make, a record that sounds intimately familiar and close-at-hand from the very first moments. Sklamberg's Yiddish pushes the forward edge of the music, with London's rounded trumpet sounding its clarion calls in tandem with Caine's keyboards. The music is of such an unbelievably high quality that you forget there's no clarinet, no violin, and no rhythm instruments--just three klezmer pros rifling through Jewish urban cultural sounds and making a tremendous, danceable, joyous racket. If you're even a moderate klezmer fan, this is far more than your cup of tea. --Andrew Bartlett
Deeply moving and highly musical
Reckless DC Music | Whitneyville, CT USA | 01/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think there ought to be a special award given to this album at the Grammys or somewhere. This is an artistic project of the highest caliber. Frank London, Lorin Sklamberg and Uri Caine have given the non-observant Jewish world an enormous gift with this CD. They selected Hasidic spiritual melodies that are rarely heard in the secular world and their intensity and beauty of the interpretations of these pieces cannot be described in words. From beginning to end this is an incredible recording. Lorin's singing on this version of Mipney Ma may even be stronger than anything he's done with the Klezmatics and that is saying a great deal. Also, what a beautiful idea bringing into this project the pianist Uri Caine. Uri's developed sense of harmony and his exquisite taste and sensitivity free up and, at the same time, push London and Sklamberg in ways I'd never heard before. And it ain't always serious, there is a playfulness and joyousness coming across as well. A few months ago I finally got to hear them perform selections from the CD in concert and it was just as musically and spiritually uplifting."
Leslie Leigh | 01/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This music is an aquired taste, espescially for the goyim who might buy it. It is very moving & beautiful, with a lot of complex detail in the background. I never get tired of it & the first song is the best."