Joel Rubin/Uri Caine Duo
Azoy Tsu Tsveyt
(Tzadik CD 8163, New York 2011)
Available since July 26, 2011
Azoy Tsu Tsveyt, the first release on Tzadik by one of the most celebrated and skilled clarinetists in the New Jewish Renaissance features Joel Rubin in a surprising and exciting new context—the fascinating and vibrant intersection between Jewish music and jazz. Joined by the versatile virtuoso Uri Caine on piano, they perform a freewheeling repertoire of Old and New World nigunim, cantorial music, klezmer classics and more. A fervent jazz fan since the age of nine, Joel shines like never before in this passionate meeting of modern Jewish masters.
Features compositions by Steve Greenman, Kal Opperman, Joel Rubin, Alicia Svigals and Kalmen Opperman, along with rethinkings of traditional klezmer tunes and hasidic nigunim.
Chosen by exclaim. ca as one of 10 favorites in the category Improv & Avant-Garde for 2011 exclaim.ca Then go to p. 2 for the review.
“a must-have for any klezmer music fan” (American Jewish World, Aug. 5, 2011)
“a very good recording of klezmer music … never dull or uninspiring. Fans of klezmer, Yiddish, Jewish, big band, clarinet, instrumental, avant-garde, and jazz music will find much to love about Azoy Tsu Tsveyt” (Inside World Music, Aug. 5, 2011)
“clarinettist Joel Rubin and keyboardist Uri Caine … demolish preconceptions of klezmer. … you can’t help but marvel at the unceasing invention. … The peak of the album is ‘Yiddish Soldier,’ which is like a klezmer In A Silent Way. This is brilliant and swinging.” (exclaim.ca, August 17, 2011)
“a work of collaboration. … ‘The Pianist’ is a 13-minute masterpiece of subtle interplay. … This new release proves [Rubin’s] still got plenty to say.” (Cowbell Magazine, Sept. 2011)
Joel Rubin, c clarinet
Uri Caine, keyboards (fender rhodes, hammond organ)