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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

CD Review: Minimal Klezmer - OY OIOI

Francesco Socal (clts); Roberto Durante (pno/mel/objects); Martin Teshome (cello).
(Review by Lance).
My knowledge of Klezmer music could be written in two words with the latter word being "all". Now, such are the all encompassing  tentacles of this music we call jazz, with the landing of this disc on my doormat, I'm expected to be an expert on yet another of the jazz fringes! 
In actual fact, Klezmer is probably less of a fringer than so much contemporary improv is!
Maybe I've been softened up by hearing a local band, The Baghdaddies, who perform a tangent of this music to perfection, so my initial reluctance is somewhat tempered and, in truth, upon repeated hearings I love it!
The rhythms are pulsating, a cross between Hungarian Csárdás and Hot Club Swing, and I defy anyone not to dance around the room to these infectious tracks. 
Bei Mir Bist Du Schon was a big favourite during the swing era but neither Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters nor any of the others who had hit records with the tune laid down a version like this - amazing!
I'm still not sure it's jazz but who cares about names? this is joyous, danceable, improvised music.
Minimal Klezmer's OY OIOI is available from Janus Sounds Limited.
Lance.

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