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Khevrisa: European Klezmer Music - CD

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Khevrisa: European Klezmer Music - CD

It was bound to happen. The long-running klezmer revival, which has produced so many interesting and delightful permutations that incorporate straight-ahead jazz, old-timey sounds, and even a little polka, has finally produced a super-group. But sit tight. This super-group, which calls itself Khevrisa, or group, doesn’t try to one-up all the other edgy klezmer outfits. These guys do something a wee bit different — they’ve chosen to play traditional klezmer the way it was heard 200 years ago, or longer. No drums. No clarinets. No electric bass. No keyboards. So what’s here? A couple of violins, an old-fashioned bass, and cimbal. Organized by Zev Feldman, who along with Andy Statman helped kick off the revival a quarter of a century ago, Khevrisa also includes Alicia Svigals of the Klezmatics, Michael Alpert and Stuart Brotman of Brave Old World, and Steven Greenman. Their talent and dedication make this disc a superb example of what klezmer must have sounded like in Eastern Europe in the 1700s and 1800s. The arrange ments are simple, but full of emotion. Their ability to switch among styles to convey joy, loss, pain, and hope is exquisite. It’s as if we’re hearing stripped-down klezmer the way it was supposed to be heard. And it’s even easier to appreciate it all with the help of Feldman’s extensive liner notes, which neatly synopsize the music’s history and development. Anyone who wants a taste of what klezmer was, but can still be, ought to hear Khevrisa.

Finjan, meanwhile, offers an updated version of those old sounds, relying on such familiar instruments as the clarinet. But unlike some of the edgier groups you might hear, Finjan engages a more acoustic approach while churning out a lively selection of freilachs, bulgars, horas, and Hasidic niggunim. They’re equally playful, but prefer a slightly more modern sound, provided by the able production hand of Ben Mink, who produced the recent collaboration between The Klezmatics and Chava Albertstein, and is also known for his work with k.d. lang. In fact, he creates an eerie mood on violinist Victor Schultz’s tribute to his recently departed wife, a moving and mournful track that serves as a solid foundation for the rest of what is otherwise an uplifting and fun-filled klezmer outing.

Track Listing:

        1.     Sher (Am)                             
        2.     Mazel Tov                             
        3.     Sher (A)                             
        4.     Ahavo Rabbo Shteyger                             
        5.     Ahavo Rabbo Shteyger                             
        6.     Shir Hamaalos                             
        7.     Kaleh-Bazetsn                             
        8.     Dobriden                             
        9.     Fun Der Khupe                             
        10.     Di Shvartse Khasene                             
        11.     Simkhas Toyre                             
        12.     Dobriden (Gm)                             
        13.     Zogekhts                             
        14.     Freylakhs                             
        15.     Alter Yiddisher Tants                             
        16.     Steiner's Khosidl                             
        17.     Terkisher Gebet                             
        18.     Bughici's Terkisher Freylakh                             
        19.     Buhusher Khosid                             
        20.     Old Bulgar

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