Shtreiml?s sophomore effort is a deliciously seasoned stew that combines blues/rock arrangements of klezmer standards with newly composed music that hearkens back to traditional styles. Partaking in this enjoyable mix, you quickly realize that the main ingredient in each serving is a healthy dose of fun. The addition of brass, cimbalom and some kishka circuit Hammond B3 to the standard Shtreiml lineup, fronted by Jason Rosenblatt?s hot Hebrew Hohner harpin?, does much to expand the band?s bluesy take on klezmer.
They cut loose on ?Galitzianer Tantz,? with its Bo Diddley beat hurtling Rosenblatt?s harp and Josh Dolgin?s accordion forward to turn the Shloimke Beckerman classic into a fiery blues rocker. It is in these surroundings that Shtreiml excels, as they bring a hard edge to time-honored tunes. The whimsical ?Halevai? is a fun filled romp as the trumpet and vocals of Susan Watts cross with Dolgin?s scat singing; while ?Nign? has Rosenblatt using his diatonic to express both the sorrow and joy inherent in its musical phrases.
Rachel Lemisch adds her trombone?s tasteful tone to a reworking of the Mickey Katz classic ?Trombonic Tantz.? This offering also features Madelien Verheij's swing violin calling forth the ghost of Stephane Grappelli, before Ariel Harrod?s bass moves it into a club arrangement emceed by Dolgin. "Rachel's Hora" again has Lemisch front and center adding beautiful coloration to her own special dance. Nicolae Margineanu plays an upbeat cimbalom on the title track that sets up some interesting harmonica harmonics before he reels off a country banjo opener, a la Earl Scruggs, on ?Gas Nign? to turn it into a Jewgrass hoe down.
?Hora Ca Din Caval? moves to breakneck speed as accordion, harp and cimbalom rev it up and ?Romanian Sirba? is a forum for some harmonica pyrotechnics that play off Dolgin?s electric piano repartee. So come on, eat, dance, party and delight in this tasty musical treat.
Track Listing: 1. Uncle Tibor's Spicy Paprikash (Jason Rosenblatt) 1:58
2. Rachel's Bulgar (Jason Rosenblatt) 2:42
3. Halevai (Halevy) 3:01
4. Nign (Trad. Arr. Shtreiml) 3:17
5. Gas-Nign (Trad. Arr. Jason Rosenblatt) 4:04
6. Sam Shpielt (S. Musiker) 3:02
7. Rachel's Hora (Jason Rosenblatt) 4:17
8. Hora Ca Din Caval (Trad. Arr. Shtreiml) 1:58
9. Romanian Sirba (Trad. Arr. Shtreiml) 1:51
10. Trombonic Tanz (Farber-Katz) 4:43
11. Galitzianer Tantz (S. Beckerman, Arr. Shtreiml) 6:34
12. Rumania (A. Olshanetzky) 2:28
Personnel: Jason Rosenblatt-Harmonica,Piano,Electric Piano,Hammond B3;
Josh Dolgin-Accordion,Piano,Hammond B3,Vocals;
I was first exposed to jazz circa 1973, when I met a fellow who ran Kappy's Record Store over near 10th Ave., on 42nd St. in NYC. We really clicked and when I told him I played piano and went to Music & Art HS, and had just started at City College of NY as a music major, he asked if I liked jazz...I said yes but I didn't know much about it, but that I did have sheet music for many popular 1920's through 1940's tunes by noted composers (Porter; Gershwins; Irving Berlin; Rodgers & Hammerstein/Hart; Jerome Kern; Lerner & Loewe; etc.) that my mother had sung beautifully starting in the 1940's including tons of famous show tunes, and I played many of those songs already
I was first exposed to jazz circa 1973, when I met a fellow who ran Kappy's Record Store over near 10th Ave., on 42nd St. in NYC. We really clicked and when I told him I played piano and went to Music & Art HS, and had just started at City College of NY as a music major, he asked if I liked jazz...I said yes but I didn't know much about it, but that I did have sheet music for many popular 1920's through 1940's tunes by noted composers (Porter; Gershwins; Irving Berlin; Rodgers & Hammerstein/Hart; Jerome Kern; Lerner & Loewe; etc.) that my mother had sung beautifully starting in the 1940's including tons of famous show tunes, and I played many of those songs already. SOOOO... he started me off LP's by Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Errol Garner, Bill Evans, Monty Alexander, Charlie Byrd, and Dave Brubeck... does it get any better than that? ...No, it doesn't. I was hooked!!
I met and had a master class with the late music giant John Lewis, leader of the Modern Jazz Quartet! This was at CCNY in 1977. I was blessed! It was an incredible class... how could it have been anything else?!?!
The first jazz record I bought was...I bought numerous records from my friend at the record store, as mentioned above. He introduced me to nothing but music giants/legends! I think The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Greatest Hits, was actually the first one.
My advice to new listeners... study first--understand the rudiments--solfeggio, keys, scales, and basic chords. Read a book or take a class that includes the study of chord progressions, especially in jazz. It should ideally be a piano class so you can play multiple notes together. Have a good EAR or else it's not really worth it in my view...to become a musician, a good EAR for music is about as fundamental as breathing! Learn to read chord charts--i.e., lead sheets - wherein you play various voicings of the chords--major, minor, dominant 7th (alterations of these, you can learn over time - the basic chords are most important for starters), plus the melody, on the piano or keyboard. If you have to read the exact notes, then it's not the same as actually internalizing it & getting it all into your head. If you can do this, I think you're ready not only for listening to jazz, but understanding many concepts of it! Of course...anyone can listen to jazz... but I think it's so good to also have a grasp of it.