New Fraidy Katz CD, "Di Alte Kashe"
announces the December 12, 2006 release of The Eternal Question (Di Alte Kashe) by Yiddish singer Fraidy Katz.
Those ordering artist-direct copies of the new Fraidy Katz CD, "The Eternal Question" / "DI ALTE KASHE" from Kame'a Media—until the end of December, 2006—will receive an autographed copy.
The Eternal Question (Di Alte Kashe) by Fraidy Katz includes a 24-page booklet of Yiddish lyrics, YIVO transliterations and English translations, plus songwriter bios -- and more.
Produced by Wolf Krakowski and Jim Armenti, TEQ includes guest artists:
The Lonesome Brothers, Josh Horowitz, Cookie Segalstein, Brian Bender Jim Matus, David Isabelle, Seth Austen and Beverly Woods, among others.
The long-awaited recording featuring the vocals of one of our finest contemporary Yiddish singers, Fraidy Katz, has finally arrived, and it was worth every minute of the wait. "Eternal Question" (Di Alte Kashe) features a baker's dozen Yiddish folk and popular tunes recontextualized for modern times; Old World ballads are draped in accordion, pipes, tsimbl and violin, in a peaceful coexistence alongside electric guitars, trumpets and saxophones. As co-producer Wolf Krakowski has explored on his own albums that boast a similar approach and use the same core band, the fabulous Lonesome Brothers, there is a natural affinity between Yiddish popular songs and such quintessentially American styles as blues, reggae, jazz, and even country swing, and Katz exploits this affinity in a manner that at once showcases her intuitive grasp of the songs' roots while at the same time effortlessly making them speak to contemporary audiences. Had there been no Shoah, this is undoubtedly the direction in which Yiddish song would have evolved and the music that a vast majority of what would have been a large, Yiddish-speaking world would have been listening to today. It's our good fortune to have it re-created and represented by such a sterling talent as Fraidy Katz.—Seth Rogovoy, author, "The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover's Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music"
"Four and a Half Stars"—George Robinson, New York Jewish Week