A Mazeldiker Yid
Oriente Musik, 2001
"Wonderful... an album to listen to from beginning to end for the
sheer joy and vitality of the music.... This is village-style klezmer,
foot-stomping, percussive, and earthy, played with gusto and brio."
Seth Rogovoy (The Essential Klezmer)
"Whether live or on recording, Di Naye
Kapelye blow me away. This is roots klezmer in the best way, played in the
style that would have had folks dancing madly all night a hundred years ago,
just as it compels us to do the same, today.... It is hard to imagine anyone
else playing such a diversity of music, not only authentically, but with such
heart and skill.... This is a band that makes klezmer sexier than blues or
Ari Davidow, Klezmer Shack
"I once thought I needed lyrics to know a
song. Di Naye Kapelye's A Mazeldiker Yid has converted me."
Sarah Meador, Rambles
"This album is a gem. Anyone with the
slightest interest in klezmer or the music of eastern Europe will have a
rollicking good time."
"Intense and very entertaining, with
chasidic and klezmer elements intermingling in ways that will fascinate the
ethnomusicologist and delight anyone. A splendid example of how to revisit a
tradition without embalming it. Great music and great fun. *****."
George Robinson, Jewish Week
"[This] may be as close as we'll ever get
to hearing a lot of this material, and the tunes bring with them marvelous
ghosts, possibly drunk, most assuredly dancing, from another time and
Kurt Hoffman, Forward
"Some superb traditional klezmer music
that manages to educate in styles while being wonderful listening. There's some
deep research involved in the record, and a sense of keeping a culture alive,
without consigning it to museum status. Fascinating."
"An earthy and faithful tribute to both
Jewish and Eastern European sounds. With help from Muzsikas, Di Naye Kapelye
puts on an impressive display. The playing is spirited, rooted in tradition and
catching fire. Bulgars, horas, freylekhs, a stirring wedding processional. It's
hard to listen to this and not be moved, either from the heart or your
Ed Silverman, Dirty Linen
"On this fantastic recording, Mihaly
Sipos and Peter Eri of "Muzsikas" play alongside the American-Hungarian
quintet. Between Brooklyn, Hungary, and Romania, a living music emerges from
the world of memory."
Robert Garcia, WOXX, Luxembourg
List of Tracks
Bob Cohen (violin, mandolin, koboz, cumbus, gadulka, vocals)
Christina Crowder (accordion, vocals)
Jack "Yankl" Falk(clarinet, vocals)
Gyula Kozma (bass, cello)
Ferenc Pribojszki (cimbalom, drum)
with special guests from Muzsikas:
Mihaly Sipos (violin) and Peter Eri (kontra, drum)
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