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. more...