Joel Rubin with the Epstein Brothers Orchestra Zeydes un Eyniklekh (Grandfathers and Grandsons): Jewish-American Wedding Music from the Repertoire of Dave Tarras

Zeydes CD cover

Joel Rubin with the Epstein Brothers Orchestra
Zeydes un Eyniklekh (Grandfathers and Grandsons):
Jewish-American Wedding Music from the Repertoire of Dave Tarras
(Schott Wergo SM 1610-2; Mainz, 1995)

Music featured in Mark Wexler’s documentary films “Me and My Matchmaker” (USA 1996) and “Tell Them Who You Are” (USA 2005), Zeydes un Eyniklekh brings together several generations of American klezmer musicians in a musical tribute to the “King of Klezmer,” clarinetist Dave Tarras (1895-1989). A consummate master of the art of klezmer ornamentation, Joel Rubin is accompanied by the Epstein Brothers Orchestra. Together they perform the wedding and celebratory music of the eastern European immigrants in America. The Epstein Brothers, who are recipients of the prestigious 1998 National Heritage Fellowship from the US National Endowment for the Arts, as well as Pete Sokolow and Danny Rubinstein all played at various times with Dave Tarras, the clarinetist from the Ukraine who is the embodiment of “klezmer” for several generations of American Jews.

“Forget Mendelssohn if you’re looking for the ultimate disc of joyful wedding music”
(Boston Phoenix)

“For everyone interested in this Jewish traditional music [this album is] essential – and I write that most emphatically!”
(Derek Reid, Folk Roots)

“This is ‘traditional’ klezmer music played by people who live it … the Jewish equivalent of BB King and Buddy Guy and Junior Wells holding a summit”
(Ari Davidow, www.klezmershack.com)

klezmershack.com: Joel Rubin with the Epstein Brothers Orchestra, Zeydes un Eyniklekh

“A must have. It couldn’t be more traditional than this – and probably also not better” (Musikblatt)

Joel Rubin, clarinet in C
Max Epstein, clarinet in Bb
Julie Epstein, drums and percussion
Willie Epstein, trumpet
Danny Rubinstein, alto and tenor saxophones, clarinet in Bb
Pete Sokolow, piano
Pat Merola, string bass

Track List:

1. No Name Sirba 3:32
2. Mayn Eynikl (My Grandson) 4:18
3. Baym Zeydns Tish (At Grandfather’s Sabbath Table) 4:56
4. South Fallsburg 3:49
5. Kale Bazetsn (Seating the Bride) 5:05
6. Bukoviner Freylekhs 3:10
7. Freylekher Sher 3:15
8. Doina 5:42
9. Baym Shotser Rebn (At the Rebbe’s from Suceava) 4:46
10. Freylekher Nushiele 3:16
11. Hora and Sirba 3:45
12. Seymour’s Bar Mitzvah 3:55
13. A Khasene in Shtetl (A Wedding in Town) 4:38
14. Lebedik un Freylekh (Lively and Merry) 5:09
15. Brownie’s Khasene (Brownie’s Wedding) 3:29
16. Rumenisher Freylekhs 1:56