Review: The Brandeis-Bardin International Klezmer Ensemble

 

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The Brandeis-Bardin International Klezmer Ensemble
 Artist: The Brandeis-Bardin International Klezmer Ensemble
 Album: The Brandeis-Bardin International Klezmer Ensemble
 Date of Release: 1995
 Label:  
 Cat. No.: CD-10001
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 Country of Release: US
 Genre/s: World | Jewish | Trad.


 Sub-Genre/s: Klezmer, Other
 Type: Studio
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   Date of Review: 2003/03/31
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   Web Site: http://members.aol.com/BBIKlezmer/index.htm
http://www.hollywoodklezmer.com/
     
   

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The Brandeis-Bardin International Klezmer Ensemble

The Brandeis-Bardin International Klezmer Ensemble's (aka Hollywood Klezmer) self-titled  album is an own-label release, originally released in 1995.

This collection by The Brandeis-Bardin Klezmer Ensemble, who are now better known as Hollywood Klezmer, is something a little bit special. On the face of it, the overall sound has somewhat traditional Old World, Eastern European klezmer overtones, with the occasional hint of New World klezmer sound and a good dollop of contemporary sound for good measure. But listen, there's also a delightful mix of klezmer, Sephardi and other Middle Eastern influences, here and there blended with gentle touches of jazz, swing, and even classical. Touches of Bluegrass also surface occasionally, particular in the violin's style. Technically flawless, The Brandeis-Bardin Klezmer Ensemble display fine musicianship and excellent ensemble playing throughout.

Highlights include Russian Sher with its compelling, lively fiddle that would not seem out of place in a 'grass fiddler's convention. Some very fine clarinet, including good use of the chalumeau, distinguishes Kale Bazetzn. Tribal Dance at once reminds of Chassidic nigunim and Sephardi and Middle Eastern styles. Tantz, Tantz, Yiddelekh is given a lift with an enchanting reggae beat and also features a superb clarinet part - this baby really swings and rocks. The closer, Yiddisher Tantz, should get anybody's feet moving.

Overall, an enjoyable, fun album that certainly makes one want to explore more recordings form The Brandeis-Bardin Klezmer Ensemble, or rather, Hollywood Klezmer as they're now known and under which name they have also recorded.
 

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Track List:

 1. Melrose Freilachs & Kotsari - 2:33
 2. Russian Sher - 2:40
 3. Kale Bazetzn - 5:22
 4. Nokh A Glezl Vayn & Bulgar - 4:00
 5. Araber Tantz & To Rinaki(Kalamata Dance) - 4:08
 6. Nigun - 4:08
 7. Medley: Pomp. Terk. J. Dance Vars. - 5:26
 8. Romance for Guitar and Clarinet - 2:29
 9. Tribal Dance - 3:01
10. Doina and Sirba - 3:18
11. Pesakh Brandwein's Nigun - 2:52
12. Tantz, Tantz, Yidelekh - 3:13
13. Ballad for Naftule - 3:06
14. Yiddisher Tantz - 2:32



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Credits:


Leo Chelyapov (clarinet, soprano saxophone & accordion)
Jordan Charnofsky (guitar & mandolin)
Larry Steen (acoustic bass & fretless electric bass)
Special Guest Artists Include:
Robert “Jake” Jacobs (drums)
Martin Glicklich (flute)
René Mandel (violin)
Souhail Kaspar (percussion)


 

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The Brandeis-Bardin International Klezmer Ensemble can be purchased:
 
 
Direct from the band


From Jewish Music Distribution JMD UK

From Hatikvah Music International (US)




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