Klezmer Conservatory Band

Live!: The Thirteenth Anniversary Album

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True to their name, the Klezmer Conservatory Band are preservationists rather than innovators in this concert recording of klezmer classics from the 1920s through the '50s. For Live!: The Thirteenth Anniversary Album arrangements are updated for modern tastes while remaining true to the heyday of the Yiddish big bands -- meaning that the anachronisms don't really become intrusive until the group has established an affable enough presence that almost any cornball transgressions can be forgiven. The well-paced, revue-style show, intentionally or not, highlights the contributions of klezmer to mainstream American music. The obvious example, Ziggy Elman's "And the Angels Sing," fits effortlessly between a cut from a 1926 Yiddish operetta and the traditional "Russian Sher."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
3:31 Amazon
2 6:20 Amazon
3 3:20 Amazon
4 4:07
5 2:55 Amazon
6 5:56 Amazon
7 3:46
8 4:26
9 4:53
10 4:25 Amazon
11 6:01 Amazon
12 2:44 Amazon
13 5:25 Amazon
14
3:10
15 8:22 Amazon
16 4:39
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