Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz
 : Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz

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by: Don Byron

Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0075597931327
Item Dimensions: 4555022494
Label: Nonesuch
Languages: EnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Nonesuch
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Nonesuch
Release Date: June 01, 1993
Studio: Nonesuch

Disc 1:
  1. Prologue: '...Shed No Tears Before The Rain...'
  2. Frailach Jamboree
  3. Haim Afen Range ('Home On The Range')
  4. Mamaliege Dance
  5. Sweet And Gentle
  6. Litvak Square Dance
  7. C'est Si Bon
  8. Trombonik Tanz
  9. Bar Mitzvah Special
  10. Dreidel Song
  11. Seder Dance
  12. Paisach In Portuagal
  13. Berele's Sherele
  14. Mechaye War Chant
  15. Kiss Of Meyer
  16. Epilogue: Tears
  17. Wedding Dance
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Editorial Review:
There's a strong connection between Don Byron's humor and his profound musical curiosity, two qualities that distinguish him from his more conservative contemporaries. Both are much to the fore in this faithful tribute to Mickey Katz, a witty and innovative clarinetist who brought virtuosity and a compulsive comedy to the klezmer tradition, both with Spike Jones in the '40s and later on his own. Byron's interest in klezmer was hardly faddish when he recorded this 1993 date. His involvement dated back to his student years in the early 1980s when he joined Boston's Klezmer Conservatory Band, one of the most faithful practitioners of the form. Forging links between black and Jewish outsider traditions, Byron is as attracted by Katz's love of pastiche and parody as he is by the klezmer clarinet tradition, including Katz's takes on cowboy, Russian, and Hawaiian music. The band is superb, with fine performances by trumpeter Dave Douglas, pianist Uri Caine, and violinist Mark Feldman, as well as Byron. Together they balance contemporary musical interests with an archival re-creation of some spirited Yiddish comedy. --Stuart Broomer

Average Rating: none

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