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Tarras Band Plays Again

by Tarras Band

This recording contains traditional and innovative interpretations of klezmer music originally recorded by Dave Tarras, Naftule Brandwein and Sam Musiker alongside fresh original compositions expanding the harmonic and melodic content of klezmer music.
Genre: World: Klezmer
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Basic Bulgar
3:16 album only
2. The Tailor At His Work
2:34 album only
3. Chasidic Waltz
3:01 album only
4. Seduction Kugel
2:25 album only
5. Zhok from Brandwein
1:47 album only
6. South Blacksberg Bulgar
2:56 album only
7. Send Dave
3:01 album only
8. Chusidl À La Sammy
3:09 album only
9. Dream of the Shepard
2:36 album only
10. Romanian Zhok
2:36 album only
11. Second Avenue Square Dance
2:42 album only
12. Preceding Fetter Max, A Doina
2:51 album only
13. Uncle Max's Bulgar
3:02 album only
14. The Jewish Soldier in the Trenches
2:57 album only
15. A Few Words from Pete
1:21 album only
16. Up & Down Polka
1:55 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Tarras Band is delighted to release its second album, “Tarras Band Plays Again”. Inspired by the work of clarinetist Dave Tarras (and the recording “Dave Tarras Plays Again”), the album includes new arrangements of music from the repertoire of klezmer titans Tarras, his predecessor Naftule Brandwein, and his disciple, the jazz-inflected Sam Muziker. The group also performs originals by the band’s co-leaders, trumpeter Ben Holmes and clarinetist Michael Winograd.

The ensemble features klezmer legend and longtime Tarras accompanist Peter Sokolow (Kapelye) on piano, Jim Gutmann (Klezmer Conservatory Band) on bass, Dan Blacksberg on trombone, and David Licht (Klezmatics) on drums. The ensemble’s membership bridges several generations of klezmorim (klezmer musicians) and creates their unique balance of tradition and innovation.

Tarras Band Plays Again launches off with the stomping Basic Bulgar (Der Glater Bulgar), the band follows up with the Yiddish Theater medley The Tailor At His Work (Der Schneider Bei Der Arbiet). Winograd’s original Chasidic Waltz and Seduction Kugel follow, showcasing his mastery of the klezmer idiom and ability to make original contributions. Zhok from Brandwein is a feature for the group’s newest member, trombonist Dan Blacksberg. South Blacksberg Bulgar, another Winograd original, medleys directly into Send Dave, an obscure chestnut from the Tarras repertoire. Ben Holmes’ Chusidl à la Sammy is a loping dance with complex harmonic motion inspired by Sam Musiker’s efforts in the 1950s to bring modern harmony into klezmer. Dream of the Shepard (Dem Pstuchel’s Cholem) starts as a rubato shepherd’s song featuring tight interplay between Winograd and Holmes before launching into a ripping bulgar. Romanian Zhok, a very unusual example of the zhok rhythm, features acrobatic melody lines and unexpected melodic motion. It segues into Second Avenue Square Dance, one of the band’s favorite products of the Tarras/Musiker collaboration, seamlessly combining jazz-inflected lines and straight ahead klezmer melodies. Preceeding Fetter Max, a Doina is an original doina, or rubato solo, featuring Holmes and Sokolow’s tight interplay. It sets up Uncle Max’s Bulgar (Der Fetter Max’s Bulgar), and absolute classic written by Sam Musiker. Dan Blacksberg gets soars in another feature on the Brandwein terkisher The Jewish Soldier in the Trenches (Der Yiddisher Soldat in Die Trenches). After a few words from Peter Sokolow, the album concludes with Up & Down Polka, one of Tarras’ favorite polkas.



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