"Rhythm + Jews" - The Klezmatics
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- Artist:The Klezmatics
- release year:1991
- catalogue numberPIR25
The Klezmatics' ground-breaking second album sees them boldly go where no other Klezmer band had gone before. Setting the tone with an inspired oriental arrangement of a Naftule Brandwein classic, "Fun Tashlikh", they take the traditional Klezmer repertoire into new territory. From the all-stops-out celebratory romp through "NY Pscyho Freylekhs" to the melancholy beauty of the lullaby "Di Zun Vet Aruntergeyn", they prove themselves as world-class bearers of the Klezmer flame. Experimental, original yet respectful of the roots. A new Klezmer classic featuring the Klezmatics debut of clarinettist David Krakauer.
" This is New York klezmer with attitude - bold, sophisticated and, when it needs to be, raw.... The love and respect the band has for their material allows them to be incredibly free with it, pulling tunes apart and reassembling them in new forms. The opening track, Fun Tashkikh, takes its tune from a 1926 recording by Brandwein, but transforms it with Arabic percussion from Mahmoud Fadl,...growling bass clarinet and ghostly screams. It's a powerful opening and an understated political comment in the way it combines Jewish and Arabic sounds.Simon Broughton World music 100 Essential CDs. The Rough Guide