Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

167

Anthony Coleman: Shmutsige Magnaten: Coleman Plays Gebirtig

Kurt Gottschalk By

Sign in to view read count
Mordechai Gebirtig was, as Anthony Coleman explained at a performance of the composer's work at The Stone in February, a writer of Polish folk songs evoking the hardships of Jewish life in the '30s and '40s. More a poet than a musician, Gebirtig would often sing or hum melodies to others to score. Coleman has given programs of Gebirtig's work at festivals in New York and Europe, and he broke out the songbook again at The Stone.

He's such a strong interpreter and arranger that it's hard to tell where the composer ends and he begins. Some pieces on this solo piano disc receive what seems to be a straight reading, others get a ragtime interpretation that may or may not have been in Gebirtig's vocabulary. But the most striking of the ten pieces here are clearly very much Coleman. With preparations to the piano strings, Coleman creates buzzes and metallic voices within the case to haunting effect. With titles like "Hulyet, Huylet, Kinderlekh ("Rejoice, Make Merry, Children") and "S'Brent ("Our Town is Burning"), Gebirtig clearly approached a range of subject matter, and Coleman's interpretations serve to intensify the joys and sorrows of the compositions.

Shmutsige Magnaten was recorded in a synagogue during a midnight concert at the 2005 Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, and the sound is more evocative than audiophilic. Reverberating and a bit thin, close-miked enough to hear Coleman release the pedals at the end of a piece, the record fits the material well. One almost wishes post-production pops and surface noise had been added, as if—like the scarce, surviving Gebirtig scores—it were a lost document from decades past.


Track Listing: Mayn Yovl; Mamenyu An Eytse; Kartofl Zup Mit Shvamen; Avreml Der Marvikher; Oy Briderl, L'Chaim; S'Brent; Hulyet, Hulyet, Kinderlekh; S'Izs Gut; Minuten Fun Betochen/Minuten Fun Yiesh.

Personnel: Anthony Coleman: piano.

Title: Shmutsige Magnaten: Coleman Plays Gebirtig | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Tzadik


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Formidable CD/LP/Track Review Formidable
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Cochonnerie CD/LP/Track Review Cochonnerie
by John Sharpe
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Smoke CD/LP/Track Review Smoke
by Joe Gatto
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Threes CD/LP/Track Review Threes
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Acknowledgement CD/LP/Track Review Acknowledgement
by Don Phipps
Published: November 23, 2017
Read Lessons And Fairytales CD/LP/Track Review Lessons And Fairytales
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 23, 2017
Read "Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin'" CD/LP/Track Review Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin'
by Chris Mosey
Published: March 25, 2017
Read "Introducing...Rubén González" CD/LP/Track Review Introducing...Rubén González
by James Nadal
Published: June 16, 2017
Read "The Best of Bossacucanova" CD/LP/Track Review The Best of Bossacucanova
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: June 6, 2017
Read "What Time Is It?" CD/LP/Track Review What Time Is It?
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 6, 2017
Read "Roque" CD/LP/Track Review Roque
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 11, 2017
Read "Montréal" CD/LP/Track Review Montréal
by Roger Farbey
Published: February 11, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Please support out sponsor