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A Taste of Paradise
The group covers the entire tradition here, it seems. "A Fischele," a Zionist song (a cappella here, Judy Bressler, voice) that's nearly a century old rubs shoulders with a strange modern mix of Klezmer and hip hop in "Bessrabian Breakdown," with the funkiest bass groove you'll come across on a klezmer recording. "Rejoicing" begins with a plaintive violin solo that leads into – a song within a song – "Yesterday's Gone," featuring lyrics in Yiddish and Belarussian; then we attend a Jewish wedding, with the violin (Deborah Strauss) getting quite lively, reminscent of some late-night-in-the-pub Irish fiddling as the song evolves toward its frenzied ending.
There's a lot more. Seventeen songs, a dozen or so instruments, an ear-opening array of klezmer sounds and styles, an entrancing and lively introduction to the this traditional Jewish music.
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Track Listing: Sarba Miracinae, Sholem Tants, A Glezele Yash, Dovidl Bazetst Di Kale, Mayn Ershte Vals, O Mortis, A Fishele, Oyfn Oyvn, Tayere Malkele, Khaye Sho, Bessarabian Breakdown, Rejoicing, Tif Vi Di Nakht, Dem Zeydns Tants/Tants Istanbul, Sabbath Prayer, Az Der Rebe Elimeylekh, Nakhes Bulgar
Personnel: Hankus Netsky--director; Judy Bressler--vocals; Ilene Stahl--clarinet; Deborah Strauss--violin; Robin Miller--flute and piccolo; Mark Berney--cornet and trumpet; Mark Hamilton--trombone; Hankus Netsky--alto sax, accordion, piano; Art Bailey--piano, accordion; Jeff Warschauer--mandolin, guitar, tenor banjo, vocals; James Guttmann--bass; Grant Smith--drums and percussion
Record Label: Rounder Records
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