New Jersey Freylekhs
"Doina" draws its effectiveness from Holmes restraint as he holds each note while delicately rolling it around until it subtly changes as he spits it out. His "Karnofsky Tanz" serves as the perfect up-tempo release, with each instrumentalist taking a turn on the dance floor. "NJ Freylekhs" begins with a traditional sound, as the piano of Adrian Banner pumps along the rhythm with drummer Gregg Mervine leading violin, clarinet, trumpet and sax to find interesting changes. Banner likewise proves to be a strong composer and arranger as he blends the classical piano/violin duet of "Freymilekh" into an introductory doina followed by some hot avant-klez freylekhing. Banner's version of "Der Heyser Bulgar" takes things further out as Kontorovich switches to baritone sax, and with Ed Browne's electric bass, turns what begins as a stately violin/trumpet duet into a modern downtown NYC klez blow out.
Track Listing: 1. Russische Tzigane (A. Kontorovich) 2. Dave's Freylekh (D. Tarras, arr. Banner/Kontorovich/Holmes) 3. Doina (B. Holmes) 4. Karnofsky Tanz (B. Holmes) 5. Yismekhu Khosid'l (Trad., arr. Zakar/Klez Dispensers) 6. Tanz Istanbul (Trad., arr. A. Banner) 7. Freylekh Nushiele (D. Tarras, arr. B. Holmes) 8. Hora (A. Banner) 9. Abi Gezunt (Picon/Ellstein, arr. A. Banner) 10. New Jersey Freylekhs (B. Holmes) 11-12. Freymilekh (A. Banner) 13. Zefki (D. Tarras, arr. Banner/Holmes) 14. Goldenshteyn Freylekh (Trad.) 15-16. Der Heyser Bulgar (Trad., arr. A. Banner)
Personnel: Alex Kontorovich (clarinet, alto and baritone sax),Ben Holmes (trumpet),Adrian Banner (piano),Amy Zakar (violin, mandolin),Audrey Betsy Wright (alto and tenor sax, clarinet),Julian Rosse (bass),Gregg Mervine (drums),Inna Barmash (vocals)
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