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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Budapest Klezmer Band - The Train 7.40 (1997)

Who doesn't like klezmer music? I may be biased, but i have always enjoyed the sound of a lively klezmer ensemble really kicking it up. I can't dance, butr when I hear good klezmer music I almost believe I can. This hard to find apparently out of print recording (I suspect they may be available at concerts which are very infrequent and always in Euroope judging by their 2010 schedule.) is a wonderful example of the kind of stuff I'm talking about.

The Budapest Klezmer Band, founded in 1990 as an experimental klezmer music, performs traditional klezmer tunes and songs with eastern influences mixed with classic, swing and jazz elements.  The band writes most of the songs themselves, but also reinterprets traditional Jewish and Eastern European songs. Listen for snippets of Grieg and Kachaturian in a few of their pieces. The featured recording is their second release.

Current members of the Budapest Klezmer Band:
  • Ferenc Jávori - band leader, composer and arranger - piano, vocal
  • Bence Gazda - violin, vocal
  • István Kohán - clarinet, bass clarinet
  • Gábor Tamás - trombone, vocal
  • Anna Nagy - accordion
  • Gábor Kiss - double-bass
  • Végh Balázs - drums, percussion
Track list:
1. A hejmishe Bulgar
2. Leymakh
3. Overture - Fiddler on the Roof
4. Sabbat Prayer - Fiddler on the Roof
5. Mazel tov
6. Papirossen
7. Donna
8. Skotchna
9. Hassid-tants
10. Firen di mehetonem aheym
11. Majn Jingele
12. Di Mamme is gegangen
13. Gasn Nigun
14. The Train 7:40
15. Roman'ye

Sources: Wikipedia (German), Budapest Klezmer Band Official Web Site.

Other Recordings:
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