Budapest Klezmer Band – Yiddishe Blues

by | Jul 12, 2007 | Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews | 0 comments

Budapest Klezmer Band – Yiddishe Blues – 46:30, ****:

Now here’s a different sort of crossover – Eastern European/Hungarian/gypsy music mixed with Yiddish klezmer. The seven-piece ensemble includes clarinet (of course), violin, doublebass, accordion, harmonica, trombone, drums and all sorts of ethnic percussion instruments. Pianist and leader Ferenc Javari does all the arrangements; there is the wedding dance from Fiddler on the Roof and Yiddish songs by a couple of other composers. The sadness as well as the joy and happiness is communicated in the Yiddish music, which can really swing sometimes. The title tune instrumental is a total gas. All involved seem to be having a great party. Never mind most won’t understand the few vocals. This is fun stuff!

TrackList: Tartar dance, Jewish dance, Fantasie (Fiddler on the Roof), Hora, Sirva, Jidl mit’n fiddl’, Emancipated klezmer, Donna Donna, Yiddishe blues, Bei mir bist du schein.

 – John Henry

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