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Jewish World Review Sept. 19, 2006 /26 Elul, 5766


By Paul Wieder

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | One of the fun things about klezmer bands is their names — Yiddishe Cup, The Klezmer Mountain Boys, Brave Old World, The Shtetl Blasters... anywhere from The Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas to The Isle of Klezbos. Here are a half-dozen more cleverly named klezmer bands, all with new releases:

Music and math are more closely related than most realize, so it is no major surprise that many of the Princeton-attending Dispensers majored in a science: molecular biology, computer science, and two in mathematics itself. Similarly, some of them are Russian, Lithuanian, and Hungarian, while others are from Australia and even New Zealand. But their focus is on the American midcentury klezmer repertoire, performing works by clarinetist Dave Tarras and his contemporaries, plus original works influenced by them; American influences as horns, jazz, and Latin stylings intermingle with more Old World klezmer elements. One piece is named in honor of the Karnofskys, a Jewish New Orleans family who once helped look after a nice kid named Louis Armstrong.

The Dispensers merge their Old World sounds with the same sounds their grandfathers would have. Vicious is more traditional, ironically, in that these talented youths incorporate their own generation's sounds into the mix, from country to reggae. Although "The Girl from Bukovena" and "Nice Terk If You Can Get It" mix klezmer with two midcentury standards. There is much more improvisation here overall, and many decidedly cacophonous passages. The result is less a straight-on performance than an ongoing experiment, but most of it is danceable. This is because most of the pieces are, at heart, wedding dances. Brainy and fun... this is music that thinks on its feet.

Not from Chicago but New Zealand, The Jews Brothers Band did play the HotHouse a couple of years back. Like their Windy City namesakes, these kiwi klezmorim make serious music, but not very seriously. With titles like "Dunkin' Bagels," "The Millennium Swing", and even simply "Wacky Rhythm," The Jews Brothers are old-fashioned vaudevillian fun. If you skip the cover of "Alabama Song," this is very a very family-friendly listen, too... with a few educational nuggets hidden amid the goofiness. Celebrate Purim a few months early as The Jews Brothers turn 11-string guitars, a bass made from a tea-chest, and even toys into instruments of beautiful silliness and, sometimes, surprising beauty.


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The word "kling" in Yiddish means "play," so "kling on" sort of means "play on." A "Klingon" of course, is a space Viking featured in Star Trek. Imagine if the band from the Star Wars cantina played a Jewish wedding, and you're close to the Klingon Klez sound. To the typical klezmer instrumentation, they add synths and other electric and electronic instruments on such titles as "Return of the Alien Bar Mitzvah Tutor," "Mojo Shabbos," and "End of the Universe, Part 2." Some of these are really songs from, say, the Dave Tarras or Sephardi songbooks in Klingon clothing. Add warp-speed wackiness and cosmic inclusivity, and you have klezmer music of the 22nd Century... or as we Jews might say, the year 7000.

Back on Earth, the old-school klezmer is still being made. Wholesale Klezmer plays the more familiar wedding music that is the bedrock of klezmer performance, and plays it very well. As one of their songs says, "Play me a song in Yiddish/A happy song with no surprises." This stuff is what most people think of when they hear the term "klezmer music." The liner notes include full Yiddish lyrics, transliterations and translations, and explanations of each song's significance. An excellent choice for those who want a basic introduction to klezmer or Yiddish language and culture.

While the accordion is a typical klezmer instruments, its cousin the harmonica is not. Well, not at least until klezmer harmonica player Jason Rosenblatt has something to say about it. Rosenblatt also reintroduces the cimbalom- a large dulcimer once part of the standard klezmer ensemble- and tosses the occasional electric piano into his "Paprikash." Rosenblatt learned the songs here from the greats, including the Barry Sisters, Mickey Katz, Moishe Oysher... and the inescapable Dave Tarras. As befits a harmonica album, however, Rosenblatt also tips his shtreiml to John Popper on "Galitzianer Tantz." A shtreiml, by the way, is one of those large, round beaver-fur-fringed hats you may see Chasidim wear.

Whether your ensemble is named Jazmer, The Mazeltones, The Klezmatics, The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band — or just The Klezmer Conservatory Band- kling on! After all, it's the only way for a klezmer band to really make a name for itself.

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