This album is a real rarity. For his final Contemprary LP of this era, drummer Shelly Manne and a sextet (with flugelhornist Shorty Rogers, Teddy Edwards on tenor, Victor Feldman doubling on piano and vibes, guitarist Al Viola and bassist Monty Budwig) perform jazz versions of ten Jewish and Israeli-based melodies. Best known are such tunes as "Hava Nagila," "Bei Mir Bist Du Shein" and "Exodus." The arrangements by Rogers, Feldman, Edwards and Lennie Niehaus turn the music into modern mainstream jazz circa 1962, looking toward hard bop and the funky soul jazz that was popular during the era. This long out-of-print historical curiosity is more successful than one might expect.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow