King Of The Klezmer Clarinet
 : King Of The Klezmer Clarinet

by: Naftule Brandwein

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0011661112728
Item Dimensions: 4555022494
Label: Rounder
Languages: EnglishPublishedFrenchOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Rounder
Model: 1973717
MPN: 1655571
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: January 14, 1997
Publisher: Rounder
Release Date: March 30, 2009
Studio: Rounder

Disc 1:
  1. Heiser Bulgar
  2. Be Happy, Jews
  3. Der Terkisher-Bulgar Tanz
  4. Kolomeika (Ukrainian Dance)
  5. Naftule Plays For The Rabbi
  6. Nifty's Freilach
  7. Oh Daddy, That's Good!
  8. Der Terk In America
  9. Where Were You Before Prohibition?
  10. The Dearest One In Bukovina
  11. Der Heisser (Tartar Dance)
  12. Hora With Onions
  13. Returning From The River
  14. Long Live Palestine
  15. The Rabbi's Disciple
  16. Der Yid In Jerusaleim
  17. Bulgar Ala Naftule
  18. Little Princess
  19. Turkishe Yalle Vey Uve
  20. Naftule, Play It Again
  21. Araber Tanz
  22. Nifty's Own
  23. Fifteen Years Away From Home (Russian Dance)
  24. Where There Are Two, Naftule Is The Third
  25. Happy Holiday
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
Stories of his outrageous behavior and brazen self-promotion abound, but let the needle slip into the groove of a Brandwein 78 rpm disc and his musical genius becomes abundantly clear. King of the Klezmer Clarinet collects 25 such sides recorded from 1925-1941; compelling proof as to how his style and repertoire shaped modern klezmer music.
These days the New York City jazz scene is filled with klezmer-influenced musicians: guys like John Zorn and David Krakauer, who learn the minor-keyed melodies of their Jewish grandparents and subsequently tear it to pieces, driving forward while also looking back. There's just something magical about klezmer: it's all about energy and swing, but it's also (almost always) tinged with sadness. Which brings us to Naftule Brandwein. Brandwein was unique back in the '20s and '30s (he'd be unique now, too), a legendary self-promoter, drinker, gambler, but--most of all--player. Unlike that of Dave Tarras, the delicate and couth klezmer artist we all remember, Brandwein's music is loud and sweeping; he's a powerhouse on the clarinet. Rumor has it he played with his back to the crowd (à la Miles Davis) because he didn't want the competition stealing his moves. Decades later the jazz underground has. This is an essential album in the Yiddish-American musical canon and a gorgeous reissue of a musical genius. --Jason Verlinde

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