Old Brooklyn

Old Brooklyn

by Andy Statman


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Andy Statman has tended to compartmentalize his two instruments and two performing styles, on the one hand, a bluegrass mandolin player, on the other, a klezmer clarinetist, even to the point, for instance, of simultaneously issuing albums in each mode, as he did in 2006 with East Flatbush Blues and Awakening from Above, respectively. On 2011's Old Brooklyn, he endeavors to mix his approaches and give full rein to his talents; not surprisingly, it takes him two CDs and more than 90 minutes to do it. Among the 25 tracks can be found a lyrical unaccompanied clarinet performance ("Life Cycles") as well as a bluegrass number in the manner of Bill Monroe, albeit with drums ("Long Journey Home"). In between, it's possible to hear just about everything in between. On various tunes, Statman employs some traditional bluegrass players, notably fiddler Byron Berline, banjoist Béla Fleck, and banjo and fiddle player Bruce Molsky, as well as horn men Art Baron and Lew Soloff, and even Paul Shaffer on his various keyboards. Early on, notably on the opening title song and "Totally Steaming," the musicians cross the border from klezmer to Ornette Coleman-style free jazz. They also bring in early rock & roll and blues on occasion ("Bourbon in Jackson Hole," "21st Century Chicken Shack Back Blues"). And there's even a gospel spiritual, "The Lord Will Provide," with a vocal by Ricky Skaggs that is basically a cappella, although the singing interweaves with Statman's clarinet soloing. Much of the time, however, the disc goes back and forth between the leader's big loves, presenting bluegrass on one track led by mandolin, followed by klezmer on the next, as the clarinet returns. What ties it all together is Statman's virtuosity on his instruments, virtuosity that is often matched by a talented and adventurous batch of backup musicians.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/2011
Label: Shefa
UPC: 0716851300427
catalogNumber: 3004
Rank: 58700

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andy Statman   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Mandolin
Ricky Skaggs   Vocals
Lew Soloff   Piccolo Trumpet
Paul Shaffer   Piano,Oberheim Obxa,Hammond B3
Jon Sholle   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Art Baron   Trombone,Tuba,Euphonium
Byron Berline   Fiddle
Larry Eagle   Percussion,Drums,Bass Drums,Tambourine,Washboard,Spoons,Foot Percussion
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Bruce Moisky   Banjo,Fiddle
Marty Rifkin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jim Whitney   Bass
Bob Jones   Acoustic Guitar
Kristin Mueller   Surdo
Statettes   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Ricky Skaggs   Arranger,Duet
Andy Statman   Arranger,Composer
Béla Fleck   Arranger,Duet
Edward Haber   Producer,Engineer
Bruce Moisky   Duet
John Newton   Composer
Michael Brorby   Engineer
Damon Whittemore   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Joel Hamburger   Engineer
Jennifer Boyd   Artwork
Eric Spring   Engineer
Arleigh Duff   Composer

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