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(Almost) All Grown Up

by Dor L'dor

Surprisingly unique arrangements of classic Yiddish and Hebrew songs feature delightful vocals and vibrant instrumentals.
Genre: World: Klezmer
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1. Ale Brider
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2. VI Ahin Zol Ich Geyn
4:44 $0.99
3. Abi Gezundt
2:31 $0.99
4. Erev Ba - Love Me Tender
3:55 $0.99
5. Nigun
4:20 $0.99
6. Ozi
3:35 $0.99
7. March
2:23 $0.99
8. Fiddler in Rumania
3:29 $0.99
9. Far from the Home I Love
2:22 $0.99
10. Shprayz Ich Mir
3:06 $0.99
11. Oifn Pripitchik
2:55 $0.99
12. Am Yisrael Chai - O Hanukkah
3:33 $0.99
13. Layehudim
2:20 $0.99
14. Bai Mir Bistu Sheyn (With a Little Help)
5:55 $0.99
15. Y'rushalayim Shel Zahav
2:51 $0.99
16. Ocho Kandelikas
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17. Kol Nidre
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Album Notes
"When I grow up I want to be a little boy." --Joseph Heller

It started with a niece’s Bat Mitzvah and barely 15 years later it’s her wedding. The tambourine player is now the lead singer. In the long line of trombone players, some got married and a few have their own children. One of the occupational hazards of a “family band”* is that the kids leave home. But one of the joys is that they come back.

They come back as grown-ups. Sort of. Their technical abilities are more formidable, their grasp of different musical styles and repertoire is broader and more sophisticated, and they are beginning to find—and assert—their own voice. Yet just a few minutes into a rehearsal they’re comfortably sliding into the style and idioms of this music they grew up with. And so the next generation of klezmorim is filled to the brim and carries the tradition with them. In this regard, it’s worth remembering that “klezmer” comes from two Hebrew words, “klei” (vessel) and “zemer” (song). It originally applied to the musician, not the music, thus evoking the beautiful image of the musician himself as a vessel of song.

Two impulses drive much of klezmer music: profound sentiment and spirited play. This CD has plenty of both. The more poignant side is rooted in the wailing improvisations of the cantor (or hazzan) in the synagogue, and then developed further, expressing the struggles of the Jewish people throughout history. The more joyful side draws its energy, rhythm, and many of its melodies from various folk dance traditions, to which we’ve added our own twist. We love the sheer fun of pairing seemingly incongruous melodies together because we love to watch as audiences delight in the unexpected familiarity of an Elvis standard breaking through an Israeli folk song, or a modern-day musical competing with a classic Yiddish piece.

So we can (almost) embrace growing up, as long as klezmer’s mischievous, joyful spirit remains alive in all the little boys and girls.

It’s not for nothing that we say music is something we PLAY.



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