Simcha Time
 : Simcha Time

by: Mickey Katz

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0724383045327
Item Dimensions: 4555022494
Label: World Pacific
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: World Pacific
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: November 15, 1994
Publisher: World Pacific
Release Date: November 15, 1994
Studio: World Pacific

Disc 1:
  1. Simcha Time
  2. Mazeltov Dances
  3. Grandma's Draidel
  4. Keneh Hora
  5. Mendel's Song
  6. Litvak Square Dance
  7. Frailach Jamboree
  8. Mamaliege Dance
  9. Berele's Sherele
  10. Trombonik Tanz
  11. The Family Danced (Mickey's Frailachs)
  12. Bar Mitzvah Special
  13. The Wedding Dance
  14. The Wedding Samba
  15. Can Can Kazotski
  16. Bublitchki
  17. Fountainbleu Frailich
  18. Yiddish Square Dance
  19. Mickey's Mishegoss
  20. Sunrise, Sunset
  21. Yiddish Folk Melody
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Editorial Review:
On the surface, bandleader, songwriter, clarinetist, comedian, and (most of all) entertainer Mickey Katz is a sort of Jewish-style Spike Jones. Schmaltzy comedy and frenetic klezmer riffs combine to create humorous skits that were part borscht belt, part vaudeville. But listen here to Katz's one "straight" album--the legendary Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and Brisses, recorded in the early '50s for Capitol--and you find a true musician who could swing with jazz's best, a guy with faultless timing and a great sense of humor. On "Frailach Jamboree," he takes the upbeat traditional klezmer pattern (the frailach) and proves he and his band have impeccable timing; the next tune takes klezmer the way of Raymond Scott, the cartoon-music pioneer; on "Simcha Time," he rounds up the whole circus--bride, groom, and family (this is music for weddings, after all)--and happily informs you that the show is going to begin. Whether he's writing cancans or covering "Sunrise, Sunset," you can't help but admire Katz's musical, and comedic, genius. Don Byron achieved acclaim for his album of Katz interpretations, Plays the Music of Mickey Katz, but this is the original thing. And what a gorgeous shtick it was, now--thankfully--reissued entirely on CD with bonus cuts from Hello, Solly, his Broadway musical, and five previously unreleased tunes. --Jason Verlinde

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