Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band
17439 Shelburne Rd.,
This is one of the most schizophrenic albums to which I have listened in a long time. When these guys hit an instrumental, say, the Araber Tants, or the opening medley, they are gaily forward non-stop hot smoking fun. Then they interrupt the instrumental madness periodically for campy versions of chestnuts like "Bay mire bistu sheyn" or (so cheesy that I almost forgive its inclusion) "16 tons".
I think that, were the album doing campy instrumentals and campy period vocals, they'd be just plain fun. The world needs more good clean, well-played fun. If they played nothing but instrumental music, chestnuts though these particular selections be, they'd shine. When a band is this good, who cares what they started off playing? The important thing is to dance. But the combination is jarring.
Still, if I were considering this band for a simkha, this CD would be pretty potent proof that this is a band that can play a simkha until everyone is happy and exhausted both, and the band has played everything folks wanted to hear, whatever it was, wherever it came from. Hired!
Reviewed by Ari Davidow 3/9/97
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