Thursday, January 8, 1998

Review - The Big Kibosh

Artist: New Orleans Klezmer Allstars

Posted on Thu, Jan 8, 1998 at 4:00 AM

The Big Kibosh
Label: Shanachie
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: The Big Kibosh

The Klezmer genre has been reaching new heights of popularity through the efforts of individuals such as clarinetist Don Byron and avant-gardist John Zorn's Radical Jewish Music series. The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars add a flare of New Orleans funk and march cadence to an already eclectic brew harkening to Eastern European dance music and jazz.

Within this accordion, clarinet and snare-drum-dominated stew, every gesture sounds like a celebration. Wedding and birthday music mixed with screwball humor are given an uptempo treatment that sounds like it was founded in the '60s free-jazz movement. Although this recording is rewarding, it still sounds like beta test software next to the mule kick of their live concerts.

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