The Klezmorim

East Side Wedding

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The Klezmorim were among the best of the U.S. klezmer revivalists, and this first album by the group was the recording that arguably sparked the idiom's entire rediscovery. Included are Rumanian, Greek, Serbian, Russian, and U.S. pieces. The wedding has what the notes call the "Turkey in the Straw" of Eastern Europe, "Yoshke Yoshke." It includes a reminder of just how open Balkan musical frontiers were, since it's called taksim -- the Arabic word for a free-rhythm improvisation, which presumably got into Jewish music via Turkey and the Balkans or via some similar route. A minor plus for the visually minded is a charming cover by cartoonist R. Crumb of Cheap Suit Serenaders fame.

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