Klezmer: Early Yiddish Instrumental Music 1908-1927

Klezmer: Early Yiddish Instrumental Music 1908-1927



Arhoolie and its affiliated labels have reissued this material, largely taken from the collection of the collector Dr. Martin Schwartz, several times over the years (first as a 16-track LP, then later as a 24-track CD), but the 1997 CD has the most informative notes and the best sound. (For songs painstakingly transferred from fragile 78 RPM records, many of them clearly damaged, this is an important consideration.) This music is of vital historical importance, being the first known recordings of klezmer, the instrumental music of Eastern European Jews, but it's at least as musically impressive as it is historically valuable. The earliest tracks, recorded in Europe in the first decade of the 20th century, owe much to gypsy music and Eastern European folk forms, but as the record (which is not in strict chronological order) progresses, klezmer's own sound, heavy on the minor-key melodies and speedy tempos, becomes more obvious. Interestingly, the latest recordings, made in New York in the '20s, have introduced distinctive clarinet solos that don't sound that far removed from the classic early jazz records being made at the same time and place. Dr. Schwartz's informative notes are excellent for placing this music into its proper historical, social, and musical context.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/1997
Label: Arhoolie Records
UPC: 0096297703427
catalogNumber: 7034

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Tarras   Clarinet
Joseph Solinski   Violin,Cymbalom
Herb Steiner   Violin,Cymbalom
Phil Friedmann   Piano
Kandel's Orchestra   Track Performer
Naftule Brandwein   Track Performer
Boibriker Kapelle   Track Performer
Max Yussim   Piano
Mishka Ziganoff   Accordion,Track Performer
Jacob Hoffman   Xylophone
Joseph Moskowitz   Track Performer,Cymbalom
Abe Schwartz   Trombone,Tuba,Violin,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Chris Strachwitz   Producer,Contributor
Elizabeth Weil   Cover Art
Leticia del Toro   Contributor
Traditional   Composer

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