Archive for June, 1994

Doyres (Generations): Traditional Klezmer Recordings 1979-1994

Wednesday, June 15th, 1994

Doyres CD cover

Doyres (Generations):
Traditional Klezmer Recordings 1979-1994
(Trikont CD US-0206, Munich, 1994)

The internationally acclaimed first CD anthology of contemporary klezmer recordings, Doyres was on the prestigious Quarterly Critics’ Choice list of the German Record Critics’ Award in 1995. Features not only the early protagonists of the American klezmer revival such as The Klezmorim, Kapelye, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Andy Statman and Zev Feldman, and the Joel Rubin Klezmer Band, but also the legendary “King of Klezmer,” Dave Tarras (1895-1989) and the late clarinetist Max Epstein (1912-2000), both of whom represent an entire century of Jewish-American musical history. New York “club date” musicians like Ray Musiker, Danny Rubinstein, Howie Leess, Sid Beckerman and Pete Sokolow comprise the last generation of players who learned their craft as wedding musicians directly from the masters of the eastern Europan shtetls. The Hungarian group Muzsikás and the Ukrainian Brass Band from Vinnitsa present what remains of Jewish music in today’s Eastern Europe, and Moussa Berlin displays the beauty of the Middle Eastern-influenced Israeli Hasidic style.

“This is probably the best introduction to the world of traditional klezmer as it is played today…”
(Ari Davidow/www.klezmershack.com)

klezmershack.com: Doyres (Generations):  Traditional Klezmer Recordings 1979-1994

“Whoever is interested in the wide spectrum of this Jewish dance music … will have a hard time doing without these CDs, which are accompanied by comprehensive information about the music and its history as well as each individual artist”
(Notes)

“Documents the entire spectrum of Yiddish dance music with excellent productions”
(Stuttgarter Zeitung)

“two extremely interesting and commendable CDs … for music encyclopedic reasons to be strongly recommended…”
(Central German Radio)

“delicacies for the music-lover”
(Folksblatt)

“a gigantic klezmer trilogy which gives a generous overview of the entire development of klezmer music”
(Saarland-Journal/Saarbrücker Zeitung)

Track List:

1. The Klezmorim/Bucharest 2:35
2. Zev Feldman and Andy Statman/Gypsy Hora and Sirba 4:17
3. Dave Tarras/Opshpiel far di Makhutonim 4:18
4. The Andy Statman Klezmer Orchestra/Another Glass of Wine 4:46
5. Kapelye/Moldavian Hora 3:01
6. Joel Rubin with the Epstein Brothers Orchestra/No Name Sirba 3:30
7. Klezmer Plus/Husid’l Medley (trad; arr. Peter Sokolow) 4:29
8. Klezmer Conservatory Band /Dovid, Shpil Es Nokh Amol 2:42
9. Joel Rubin Klezmer Band/Ot Azoy! (trad; arr. Rubin), 5:09
10. New York Klezmer Ensemble/A Doinele 2:34
11. The Epstein Brothers Orchestra/Hora and Sirba 4:59
12. Musa Berlin/Meron Arabesque 4:22
13. Rubin & Horowitz/Shabes Nign 3:57
14. Muszikás/Greeting of the Bride 3:45
15. The Ukrainian Brass Band from Vinnitsa/Freilik 3:08
16. Chicago Klezmer Ensemble/Oy, di Kinderlakh! 3:09
17. Kapelye/Unzer Toyrele 3:11
18. New Shtetl Band/Oy Tate•Serbe Romanya•Lebn Zol Palestina 5:13

Shteygers (Ways): New Klezmer Music 1991-1994

Wednesday, June 15th, 1994

Shteygers CD cover

Shteygers (Ways):
New Klezmer Music 1991-1994
(Trikont CD US-0207, Munich, 1994)

The first CD anthology of contemporary trends in new klezmer and new Jewish music. In addition to innovative groups like the Klezmatics, the New Klezmer Trio and Klezmokum from Amsterdam, the excursions into “Yiddish-Land” of jazz musicians like Don Byron and Branford Marsalis can be experienced. For the East Berlin ensemble Ahava Raba, Jewish melodies are just that starting point for inventive improvisations, and, last but not least, “noise guitarist” Elliott Sharp shows that klezmer has made inroads into the international avant-garde scene, especially the Radical Jewish Culture movement around John Zorn.

“**** 1/2 – a good survey of new trends in klezmer music
(Rolling Stone)

“This is probably the best introduction to the world of traditional klezmer as it is played today…”
(Ari Davidow, www.klezmershack.com)

klezmershack.com: Shteygers (Ways):  New Klezmer Music 1991-1994

“Whoever is interested in the wide spectrum of this Jewish dance music … will have a hard time doing without these CDs, which are accompanied by comprehensive information about the music and its history as well as each individual artist”
(Notes)

“Documents the entire spectrum of Yiddish dance music with excellent productions”
(Stuttgarter Zeitung)

“two extremely interesting and commendable CDs … for music encyclopedic reasons to be strongly recommended…”
(Central German Radio)

“delicacies for the music-lover”
(Folksblatt)

“a gigantic klezmer trilogy which gives a generous overview of the entire development of klezmer music”
(Saarland-Journal/Saarbrücker Zeitung)

Track List:

1. Original Klezmer Jazz Band/Easy & Breezy 3:56
2. Klezmokum/Der Gasn Nign 4:24
3. The Klezmorim/Oriental Melodies 3:15
4. Klezmer Conservatory Band/Foolish Freylekhs 2:04
5. Frank London/Full Moon, Ancient Waters 3:29
6. The Klezmatics/Fun Tashlikh 5:45
7. Ahava Raba/In the Footsteps of Bratzlav/Nign 6:15
8. Jeff Warschauer/Slow Hora for Those Who Wait for Freedom 2:31
9. Salomon Klezmorim/Sher 4:42
10. Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band/Agadot 5:23
11. New Klezmer Trio/Feedback Doina 5:07
12. Shirim Klezmer Ensemble/Seams 6:05
13. Don Byron/Voliner 4:07
14. Elliott Sharp/Stetl Metl 4:55
15. Branford Marsalis/L’Chaim 2:23

Rubin & Horowitz Bessarabian Symphony: Early Jewish Instrumental Music

Tuesday, June 14th, 1994

Bessarabian Symphony CD cover

Rubin & Horowitz
Bessarabian Symphony: Early Jewish Instrumental Music
(Schott Wergo SM 1606-2; Mainz, 1994)

The classic recording by Joel Rubin and Josh Horowitz that has influenced much of contemporary klezmer since its release in 1994, with its early music approach and focus on eastern European repertoire. Rubin & Horowitz create an intimate kaleidoscope of sounds which evokes the original beauty of the instrumental wedding and celebratory music of the eastern European Jewish world. The tone of this unique recording is set by the brilliant high register of Joel Rubin’s C clarinet, together with the ethereal tsimbl, the Jewish hammer dulcimer, and the Budowitz accordion from 1889, both beautifully played by Josh Horowitz.

“a major document of the so-called ‘klezmer revival’ … Both the repertoire and the performances … are well-researched, serious and elegant. … Much more than a reproduction of a corpus of old recordings, it can serve as the best available introduction to the Old World klezmer Repertoire”
(Walter Zev Feldman, Ethnomusicology)

“very pure … authoritative” (Wall Street Journal)

“A specific, fresh and authentic-sounding rendering of klezmer, which will have a serious influence on the revival of this music”
(Professor André Hajdu, winner of the Israel Prize 1996)

“Go out of your way to find this recording”
(Jewish Herald Voice)

“clean as a whistle … a more differentiated sound than is possible in a large ensemble. If you tire of the big-band sound prevalent on many klezmer recordings, this CD is a welcome antidote”
(Sing Out!)

Joel Rubin, clarinet in C
Joshua Horowitz, 19th century button accordion and tsimbl

Track List:

Dobriden
1. Dobriden excerpt 2:46
2. Kolomeyke 3:37
Dem zeydn’s tants (Grandfather’s dance)
3. Dem zeydn’s tants 2:27
4. Fun tashlikh 1:34
Doina Medley
5. A yidishe doina (Rubin) 3:50
6. Gershfeld’s gas nign 2:42
7. Mitsve tants 2:13
8. Rabinovitsh’ freylekhs 1:59
Shulem (Peace)
9. Shulem (Horowitz) 2:40
10. Shloimke’s skotshne 2:35
11. Shabes nign (Sabbath melody) 4:02
Az du furst avek (When you leave)
12. Az du furst avek 3:24
13. Buhusher khusid 3:24
14. Belf’s khusidl 3:11
Mazltov (Congratulations)
15. Mazltov (Rubin) 1:09
16. Crimean Melody 3:02
Karliner
17. Karliner nign (Melody of the Karliner Hasidim) 2:20
18. Chabadsker nign (Melody of the Chabad Hasidim) 2:35
19. Epstein’s sirba 2:35
Bessarabian Symphony
20. Improvizatsye (Improvisation) (Horowitz) 4:42
21. Dobriden (Good day) 4:00
22. Sadagurer khusid 3:42
A gute nakht (Good night)
23. A gute nakht 1:39
24. Gurevitsh’ dobriden 2:07
25. Hasidic Waltz 2:13
26. A yidishe honga 2:31

Alts nemt zikh fun der doyne (Everything comes from the doina)

Friday, June 10th, 1994

First International Conference cover for Doina article

Alts nemt zikh fun der doyne [pdf]

Joel Rubin
Alts nemt zikh fun der doyne
(Everything comes from the doina).
The Romanian-Jewish Doina: A Closer Stylistic Examination
In: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Jewish Music
ed. Steve Stanton
City University, London, April 1994.
London: City University, 1997: 133-164.