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Another Bottle of Vodka

by Kleztraphobix

While firmly entrenched in the Klezmer tradition, the Kleztraphobix draw on the diverse musical experiences of its member musicians to create a fresh, vibrant expression of the art of Klezmer.
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1. Nifty's Freilach
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2. Russian Sher
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3. Another Bottle of Vodka
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4. Tziganoff Freilach
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5. Ot Azoi
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6. Freilach 1
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7. Seder Nigun
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8. Jovanne Jovanke
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9. 2nd Ave Square Dance
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10. Mike's New Tune
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11. F#
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12. Rusishe Sher
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13. 7 Wise Men of Chelm
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14. Debkas
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The Kleztraphobix are one of the most exciting Bands on the Contemporary Klezmer scene. While firmly entrenched in the Klezmer tradition, the Kleztraphobix draw on the diverse musical experiences of its member musicians to create a fresh, vibrant expression of the art of Klezmer.

The individual musicians of the Kleztraphobix are Psachya Septimus (accordion), Rich Melnikoff (drums/percussion), Ron Caswell (tuba), Mike Cohen (clarinet) and Jordan Hirsch (trumpet). Individually and collectively, they have performed with such famed organizations as:
Duke Ellington Band, New York City Opera, Little Orchestra Society, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Bermuda Philharmonic, They Might Be Giants, the Flying Karamazov Brothers (Broadway), Our State Fair (Broadway), Urinetown (Broadway), Max Roach and the So What Brass, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars , Yiddish Radio Project and too many others to list.

A great love for the rich repertoire of Eastern European Klezmer informs their music, while their eclectic experiences propel them to expand their musical language, incorporating everything from Macedonian folk tunes to free improvisation. The Kleztraphobix are committed to creating new Klezmer music, and often feature the original compositions of the members of the band. This balance of tradition and modernity creates an invigorating, exciting, musical experience. The Kleztraphobix have brought their high energy brand of music to concert settings from Maine to Washington D.C., in addition to performing at a number of clubs in and around NYC, such as the Knitting Factory, Tonic, Don't Tell Mama's, Otto's Shrunken Head, CBGB's Gallery, Sidewalk Cafe, etc. There have also been sightings of Kleztraphobix performing in the "Borscht Belt". They have performed special tribute shows to Shlomo Carlebach, and have had a number of collaborations with famed Cantor BenTzion Miller.

Having just completed their new CD, the Kleztraphobix are looking forward to its release.


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Pat

Lively music, loved the tuba
I enjoyed this lively, high-energy klezmer record. One vocal, the rest are instrumentals. Loved the tuba. Clarinet, trumpet, accordion, percussion also good. Wish I could see Kleztraphobix live.

Yosef

What a nice bunch of Jewish boys.
It's nice to hear a bunch of young Jewish men keeping the tradition of klezmer alive and well. You all play marvelously. Mazel Tov.

Bob

I wan to convert!!
Hey, I just checked out some of your mp3s here at CD Baby. The quality of the mp3s are bad but the music is great. I had my computer speakers cranked up! It make me want to convert to Judaism!!!

Don Critari

Great music, I REALY enjoy it , bad CD, it plays only half of the time

Fay G.

Learn to count in 7's
I never thought I would relate to Klezmer, but this CD has me going! I especially liked the original song - 7 wise men of Chelm. It drove me nuts until I realized you had to count to 7 in order to keep the beat. A very unusual composition!

Suzanne Mueller

LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT!
Enjoyed it so much I bought it as a belated Chanukah gift for my cello teacher and his wife. And they loved it, too! Really refreshing use of tuba, but all of the players are GREAT!

Joe

Wow, that's really a tuba?
Kind of makes you not want to hear a bass player again. The other instruments are great too. But since I play tuba I'm always looking for different things the tuba can do. Great job.
Tuba Joe

Ari Davidow

This is real New York klezmer with attitude: tight, loud, driving, and delightfu
This is real New York klezmer with attitude: tight, loud, driving, and delightful. From the opening "Nifty's Freilach", "Russian Sher", and Mike Cohen original, "Another bottle of vodka," the band takes no guff as it makes the songs new and perfect for New York's not so safe, more than a little bit jazzy streets. Their take on the traditional "Russian Sher" also features a bit of New Orleans, something they do without resorting to rock 'n' roll. This is also very New York klezmer in another way: the "Yeshivish" cut of the music, and especially the singing on "Tziganoff Freilach", the lyrics allegedly going back to the death of the Vilna Gaon, the Misnagid who excommunicated the Hasidim in an early round of modern Jewish cultural ferment. This is the sound I have been hearing at recent Orthodox weddings in this second-most important among the Jewish holy cities.

The band's slight deconstruction of "Ot Azoi" and "Freilach 1" reinforces that sense of New York attitude. The playing is so tight, like an Elgin watch, even as bass clarinet and horn stride slowly through some changes together, then switch back into frenetic "speed klez" time. Rich Huntley's drumming is awesome, as are Mike Cohen's woodwinds and Jordan Hirsch's brass. Ron Caswell's tuba is the best klezmer tuba—maybe the only notable klezmer tuba I have heard—outside of Shirim Klezmer Orchestra. Psachya Septimus' accordion is excellent. No wonder they wail so tightly together.

Letting the tuba take the lead on the intro to the "Seder Nigun" works perfectly. As the accordion and muted trumpet take over the lead one gets a visceral sense of trance by singing, dancing, and that other bottle of vodka. When the voice takes up the nigun, the music is perfectly intense, and then becomes moreso as the whole band joins in singing. There is an odd American accent—I don't know how else to explain it—that makes this sound just a bit different, a bit influenced by doo wop or other harmonies. I love the result. The fluid "Jovanne Jovanke" with its wonderful balkan meter makes an excellent counter; even better is the way the tuba brings back the second line. The beat on their "Second Ave. Square Dance" is so precise it goes beyond Elgin to an atomic clock. It's edgier than the Dave Tarras version, but otherwise, the best I've heard since. Then, the "Rusishe Sher" takes that precision and makes it fluid and jazzy again, if only to prepare us for the delightful chaos of "Seven wise men of Chelm," strongly reminiscent of the "Schneider-Swiefacher" played on the first Klezmatics album. Despite the name, the closing "Debka Medley" has less of the Arabic music feel implied by the name (although that rhythm does frame some of the melody), than the more hasidic klezmer joyfulness implied by its content: traditional wedding tunes brought to Israel by 18th century Hasidim, now known as the "Meron tunes".

This is an excellent, edgy, exciting album. Along with Metropolitan Klezmer and Klezmerfest, the band is defining an exciting, driving sound that makes New York the place to listen to klezmer. These bands aren't just skilled at entertaining at traditional simkhas, but have found a way to make klezmer exciting in a dance club setting. With this CD, the Kleztraphobix show that they are the band to hear.

Personnel this recording:
Michael Cohen: clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax, vocals
Jordan Hirsch: trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet, lead vocals
Psachya Septimus: accordion, vocals
Ron Caswell: tuba
Rich Meinikoff Huntley: drums, percussion, vocals


Songs
Nifty's Freilach (N. Brandwein) 2:50
Russian Sher (trad.) 6:20
Another bottle of vodka (Michael Cohen) 4:11
Tziganoff Freilach (trad.) 4:10
Ot Azoi (Sid Beckerman) 4:26
Freilach 1 (trad.) 3:47
Seder Nigun (trad.) 5:58
Jovanne Jovanke (trad. Macedonian) 4:26
Second Ave. Square Dance (Ellstein/Tarras) 3:19
Mike's New Tune (Michael Cohen) 5:58
Bukoviner Freilach (trad.) 3:29
Rusishe Sher (trad.) 4:21
Seven wise men of Chelm (Psachya Septimus) 2:27
Debka Medley (trad.) 10:21

Zevy

Nice Playing!!!!!!!!!!
Nice Klez! A little extra in-depth music adds so much to the style.
Very good CD.
Good luck, guys!

PS I already converted!

Josh

nice record
I like this klezmer record. I've been searching the internet for music. This is a great Jewish record! Mazal Tov!