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I Remember Klezmer The Art of Klezmer Drumming

by Elaine Hoffman Watts and Susan Watts

Hear the music of the people, by the people, and for the people. Jam-packed with rich rythms and authentic technique, this CD is a down-home, haimisheh, toe-tapping-finger-snapping delight for the whole family. Even the experts
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I'll Just Keep Going Rhumba
2:59 $0.99
2. Freilach 21
2:10 $0.99
3. Gasa Nign
5:46 $0.99
4. Freilach
2:58 $0.99
5. Shtetle Ias
3:03 $0.99
6. Eateleh's Suiteleh
8:41 $0.99
7. Lakeleh
3:00 $0.99
8. Chasidishe Freilach
3:27 $0.99
9. Zigainer Tantz
4:22 $0.99
10. Trish's Freilach
1:25 $0.99
11. Bagopolier Freilach
3:35 $0.99
12. Aveenu Malkeynu
2:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
Legendary Klezmer drummer Elaine Hoffman Watts and daughter, trumpeter Susan Watts, join forced with a powerhouse of Klezmer and world musicians including Frank London and Gerry Brown. Featuring Klezmer's first drum quartet, drum doina, and rhumba remix and four generations worth of Hoffman family repertoire, this music, filled with Elaine's rich rhythms, authentic technique and finesse, will delight every Klezmer connoisseur and world music lover



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Elliott Simon-AllAboutJazz

Yes, Elaine Hoffman Watts remembers klezmer and her memory rings true on this de
Most musicians who continue to redefine klezmer don’t really remember it, however legendary drummer Elaine Hoffman Watts, as her new CD proclaims, certainly does. The klezmer she remembers, and that serves as her inspiration, is the Philadelphia sound defined by her father and accomplished xylophonist/percussionist Jacob Hoffman of “Jakie Jazz ‘Em Up” fame. A “true” klezmer dynasty, new versions of heretofore unrecorded songs from Elaine’s grandfather, cornetist and bandleader Joseph Hoffman, are also presented in a fresh style that stays true to its roots. I Remember Klezmer: The Art of Klezmer Drumming highlights Elaine Hoffman Watts’ signature drumming style and continues the Hoffman legacy by featuring the exquisite Manny Klein/Chet Baker trumpet stylings of her daughter Susan.

Trilling trumpet and authentic rhythms delight on cuts such as “Freilach 21,” “Lakeleh” and “Freilach,” while the band’s full sound and perfect grasp of this klezmer genre are heard on the traditional “Chasidishe” and “Bagopolier” freilachs, the latter of which finds a ragtime breather before plunging ahead in perfect step. Classically trained and heiress to her own klezmer dynasty, trombonist Rachael Lemisch is a standout throughout and expertly takes the lead on the wonderful “Shtetl Ias.”

Do not expect a re-hashed note for note presentation of old 78s. Each song is fresh and reflects Susan’s creative approach as accordionist Kat Flagg and tubaists Travis Johnson and Jay Krush meld snugly with drummer Elaine’s beats. “I’ll Just Keep Going Rhumba” transports us through a dub-like sampled time warp to meet Jacob’s xylophone, setting the stage for a journey that is nostalgic yet now.

Trumpet master Frank London and fellow NYC downtown drumming denizens Aaron Alexander and David Licht join the band with Elaine Hoffman Watts pupil and Motown drumming star Gerry Brown for an updated reprise of Jacob Hoffman’s often imitated “Gasa Nign.” In this version, Susan’s lovely contralto scats the nign in a haunting intro that breathes new life into this classic chestnut.

All four drummers are also featured on a somewhat out version of “Zigainer Tantz” and the closer, “Aveenu Malkeynu,” against which Susan sings a deeply heartfelt lyric that's faithful to the song’s intent. The album’s featured piece is “Eateleh’s Suiteleh,” which begins with perhaps the first ever recorded drum doina, which then melds into some soulful tension building trumpet trilling followed by the rhythmical release of “Eateleh Freilach.” Yes, Elaine Hoffman Watts remembers klezmer and her memory rings true on this delightfully contemporary family affair.

beth hamon

what a great album!
I am SO happy to find another Jewish woman who's a drummer (for years I've felt like the only one)! I grew up plying rudimental and orchestral percussion in drum corps and wind ensembles.
This album is a great find, and I'm buying a copy for my sweetie, who's turned me on to Klezmer and Yiddish Theater music (and who introduced me to this artist while researching music to play on her radio show, KBOO's Portland Yiddish Hour in Portland). I LOVE the wild and free trumpet playing against the rhythmic drive of the drums (and some of the CLEANEST drumming I'v heard in ages! Fantastic!). This is an album I'll enjoy for a long time.

Joshua F.

It's a rare treat to hear authentic drumming with this sound quality
With the near-death of klezmer during the explosion of recorded music from the 1940s to the 1970s, there wasn't a lot of traditional drumming to listen to. David Licht is amazing (and here) but he's the first name in new school klezmer drumming, not the music of our great-grand parents. Hearing the old song forms adapted and expanded for drumset by someone with institutional knowledge makes this CD not just an album, but a unique historical document and a Rosetta Stone for modern klezmer drumming.

Mark "Marko" Rubin-chik

Simply amazing, much like Elaine herself. No, really, divine in every sense of t
Finally the heart and soul of Philly Jewish Dance Music makes it's mark on this highly listenable and often danceable CD. Folks who know me know that I'm not prone to hyperbole, so take it from me, this is an essential addition to the cannon of Jewish music.

A.C. Dolgin

This cd is a treasure!
This cd is a treasure! Elaine's drumming is impeccable, and along with Susan's wonderful trumpet playing and singing, these two women lovingly exhude the joy and nostalgia of klezmer music. Great collaboration with the other artists playing with them.