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Nat Hentoff reviews Klezmer CD's

Mark Ross 06 Aug 10 - 11:18 PM
katlaughing 07 Aug 10 - 12:02 AM
Art Thieme 07 Aug 10 - 01:27 PM
GUEST,Gerry 07 Aug 10 - 07:37 PM
pdq 07 Aug 10 - 07:52 PM
Art Thieme 07 Aug 10 - 11:44 PM
GUEST,Gerry 08 Aug 10 - 02:17 AM
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Subject: Nat Hentoff reviews Klezmer CD's
From: Mark Ross
Date: 06 Aug 10 - 11:18 PM

Can't wait to hear this.

Mark Ross



http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704017904575409612649132010.html


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Subject: RE: Nat Hentoff reviews Klezmer CD's
From: katlaughing
Date: 07 Aug 10 - 12:02 AM

What a tremendous project and priceless treasure. Thanks for posting the link!


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Subject: RE: Nat Hentoff reviews Klezmer CD's
From: Art Thieme
Date: 07 Aug 10 - 01:27 PM

Nat Hentoff's column on politics is carried in our local newspaper every day, but the work he did reviewing jazz and blues and folk in Downbeat was just grand writing.

This article shows him at his best. God, he was old when I first found him, he must be 100 at least.

MY MAIN POINT. --- Growing up nominally Jewish, but totally secular, none of this music, and what Nat says about it in his heartfelt review, ever came home to me. Now, it sounds alien to me---at best. That is just what is. And it's O.K. But I come away from here feeling I've seen some big glimpse of all that I lost when my father died at age 48----when I was five years old. But then, he wasn't Jewish until he married my mother and adopted the faith. Probably I'd not been more prepared to enjoy this music after all.
This is only hindsight---for whatever it is worth. Only a few thoughts on a nice August afternoon in Illinois.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Nat Hentoff reviews Klezmer CD's
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 07 Aug 10 - 07:37 PM

Art, there wasn't much klezmer music around, even among those who sense of Jewishness was strong, for roughly 40 years (1940 to 1980). Cantorial music has not been heard much, outside the synagogues, in many decades. Those with a keen interest in Jewish music were (mostly) listening to Israeli music and/or Shlomo Carlebach and/or Debbie Friedman (not that there's anything wrong with that).

If you want to try to appreciate klezmer, you may find the music of the revival more accessible than that of the 1920s and 30s. A good place to start would be the Itzhak Perlman CD, In The Fiddler's House.


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Subject: RE: Nat Hentoff reviews Klezmer CD's
From: pdq
Date: 07 Aug 10 - 07:52 PM

Andy Statman and Dave Grisman did a record called "Songs of Our Fathers" which is all Jewish music, I am not sure how that differs from Klezmer, but it might be another "place to start".

Andy plays some clarinet as well as mandolon. There are five or six musicians so it is not just a mando record. Hal Blaine (aka Harold Belsky) plays drums.


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Subject: RE: Nat Hentoff reviews Klezmer CD's
From: Art Thieme
Date: 07 Aug 10 - 11:44 PM

Gerry, I appreciate your insights. I've listened to some Klezmer and it didn't move me. Guess I'm just an old fart who knows what he likes. Granted there was little or no klezmer music I recall at all in the 40s and 50s in Chicago where I grew up. When it did come around, it seemed to me like it was more a product of some rather serious kids looking for a musical form they could imerse themselves in while they hoped others would come in and play it around like the New Lost City Ramblers precipitated as pied pipers for the Old Tinmey Music revival.------- Another tangled web we're weaving.

But I don't know what the hell I'm talking about where Jewish music is concerned. And that's for sure!

AN ASIDE--for what it's worth. We learned no hebrew at the temple I was made to endure. But we did strive to be Confirmed mostly. In that confirmation class I was a part of was a brilliant guy, even then, named James Zagel --- who is now the judge in the Rod Blagojevitch corruption trial here in Illinois!!

Taklk about srange bedfellows--and tangled webs??!!
Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Nat Hentoff reviews Klezmer CD's
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 02:17 AM

OK, Art, I'll cancel the plans for recording klezmer versions of Pinery Boy, Billy Venero, and Barbara Allen.


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Subject: RE: Nat Hentoff reviews Klezmer CD's
From: Acme
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 02:25 AM

I've always found klezmer to be very invigorating. I passed over a CD at the library today because I already had such a large stack, thinking I'd pick it up next time. I still probably will.

Thanks for the link.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Nat Hentoff reviews Klezmer CD's
From: Maryrrf
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 07:27 AM

It was done for a lark, but have a listen to a local Klezmer band's version of Danny Boy. Click on the juke box below the picture. http://www.richmondfolkmusic.com/page30.htm


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