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Monday, January 25, 2010

Andy Statman - Nashville Mornings New York Nights (1986)

Andy Statman is a noted Klezmer clarinetist and bluegrass/newgrass mandolinist.

Andy Statman first gained acclaim as a mandolinist in pioneering bluegrass bands Country Cookin' and Breakfast Special. Statman, a Jew, began to be of the mind that bluegrass was not his music. He turned to Klezmer music, traditional Jewish folk music. Now playing clarinet, he recorded various Klezmer albums that were influential in the Klezmer revival that began in the late 70s. In the 90s, he began playing Chassidic melodies, fusing bluegrass, klezmer, and jazz along the way.

Statman learned Klezmer clarinet from legendary Klezmer clarinetist Dave Tarras, who bequeathed his clarinets to him. Statman produced Dave Tarras's last recordings. Between this apprenticeship and his practice of teaching in addition to performing, Statman has become the dean of living Klezmer clarinetists.

The Andy Statman Trio, which includes bassist Jim Whitney and percussionist Larry Eagle, plays regularly at Derech Amuno Synagogue in Greenwich Village in New York City, and tours nationally as schedules allow.

Nashville Mornings New York Nights is more than just Statman. He is joined by Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, Jerry Douglas, Vassar Clements, Russ Barenberg, and Kenny Kosek. This is a wonderful recording if you like progressive bluegrass and there is a lot of virtuosity displayed. Out of print, but still sometimes avialable used here and there.

Sources: Wikipedia

Track List:
  1. The Old Country
  2. Bath House Blues
  3. Apple Pickin' Girl
  4. The Whup of Love
  5. Ariela's First Step
  6. Tshure
  7. The County Brown
  8. Joshua's Waltz
  9. I Do Not Ride the Horse
  10. The Hermitage Smorgasbord
  11. George and Gladys Kazatski

Download Link: Part 1, Part2
Other Recordings by Andy Statman:


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