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Rhythm & Jews
Klezmatics
Rhythm & Jews
Genres: Folk, International Music, Pop
 
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One of the hallmarks of a great klezmer band is its ability to make a tune that's been played countless times still sound improvised. This spirit of free-wheeling improvisation runs rampant through the New York-based Klezm...  more »

     
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All Artists: Klezmatics
Title: Rhythm & Jews
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Flying Fish Records
Release Date: 5/10/1993
Genres: Folk, International Music, Pop
Styles: Jewish & Yiddish, Middle East, Israel
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 018964059125

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One of the hallmarks of a great klezmer band is its ability to make a tune that's been played countless times still sound improvised. This spirit of free-wheeling improvisation runs rampant through the New York-based Klezmatics' first album, which borrows freely from the repertoire of Naftule Brandwein, the 1920s American klezmer legend noted for a rambunctious and intoxicated style of clarinet playing. "NY Psycho Freylekh" and "Araber Tants" in particular add a psychedelic tinge to music that's plenty wild to begin with. Singer Lorin Sklamberg's gay activism manifests itself in his Yiddish adaptation of the "Song of Songs" verses that ask, "Who is that coming out of the desert? Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth." Mostly, however, the band rocks out with clarinet-, trumpet-, and violin-led jams that blend East European wedding music and a New York free-jazz vibe into something joyous, celebratory, and way more hep than the sum of its parts. --Richard Gehr

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CD Reviews

Energetic and Pure Klezmer
06/15/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"While not necessarily the Klezmatics best work, this CD is fast, upbeat and thoroughly enjoyable. A DJ could play this CD at a wedding and have the crowd up and dancing the whole time! Most of the tracks are songs directly from the old Klezmer masters with new Klezmatic-style arrangements. Seems like the Klezmatics cover very little new ground, though the old ground is certainly a lot of fun. This CD doesn't take the risks that are characteristic of the Klezmatics other work. If you want classic Klezmer in the modern Klezmatic style, this is the CD for you."
One of the highlights of my CD collection
06/16/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Wonderfull CD. I had to get used to it (for I haven't heared Klezmer before), but after a while my family complained whether my CD-Player can't eject the CD so I can hear something different :-)"