Tuesday 11 September 2007

New Klezmer Trio - Masks and Faces (1996)



"Ben Goldberg was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo, and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. In 1991, long before the downtown jewish music revival, Goldberg’s group New Klezmer Trio took a slightly different view of the klezmer tradition and expanded it through a jazz-improv idiom. Their CD Masks and Faces was listed as one of the ten best recordings of 1992 by Cadence magazine, and as The San Francisco Chronicle noted, it "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music". John Zorn, in creating his Masada projects, was heavily influenced by the recordings of New Klezmer Trio and therefore re-released this record in 1996". (An assortment of internet reviews)

"A recording the Ewings can't get enough of" (The Dallas Review)

Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Dan Seamans - bass
Kenny Wollesen - drums

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13 comments:

carlos said...

ahahahahahhahahahhahah@The Dallas Review

Anonymous said...

hello bravojuju, thanx for this - some fine posts you got here... i am trying for a long time now to get leslie dalabas core samples. but it does not work. is it possible for you to renew the link ? that would be great... bye

Lucky said...

juju, a great share!

and the review just states of what i thought - though i never heard it. thx for your kindness i'm at last able to fill in the goodness.

lucky

bravo juju said...

yes, lucky. this album is usually considered as the beginning of the jewish revival scene, and Zorn himself acknowledges his debt towards Masks and Faces. However, in my opinion, this is much more of a jazz recording (and an excellent one, for that matter) than a klezmer adventure. There are, of course, some klezmophonic elements, including some well-known tunes, but the final result is, I think, clearly outside that field. Similarly, some of the Masada output sounds much closer to Ornette than to any Jewish legacy. I'm not trying to completely deny such references; but maybe the Jewish hype is more of a commercial strategy and/or imagetic frame than anything else.
But I'll let you judge it by yourself.

bravo juju said...

Maybe this is a good opportunity to issue a REQUEST.
The Ewings would be much appreciated if someone could share other Ben Goldberg recordings.
(Except: Twelve Minor - now available at Lucky's Avant -, Light at the Crossroads, 8 Phrases, and Short for Something - which we may be posting sometime in the future).
Much obliged,
Sue Ellen

Lucky said...

masada of course owes much more to ornette than to klezmorim - even the line-up is exactly like the classic coleman quartet. the harmonies of the tunes, on the other side, are held in that 'jewish style' - don't know what it's called, but there's a name for it, like 'pentatonic' or something similar.

goldberg - i only have 'eight phrases for jefferson rubin' in by bin.

i'll stay tuned...

cheers!

and thx for your great 'clippings' - much fun to look at!!

Lucko said...

B. Goldberg, J. Schott, M. Sarin: What Comes Before (1998)
available @ the NoNaMe-forum, section John Zorn, here:
http://tinyurl.com/2yat5f

Lucky said...
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bravo juju said...

thanks a lot, "lucko". that seems to be a very interesting forum. unfortunately, I can not find my way around there. i guess my russian is a little rusty these days...

Spring Day said...

Well, it's not only a matter of the rustiness of one's russian... To display the download links, one needs to get registered there. Luckily I am registered, so I could copy you the link here:
http://ifolder.ru/3280310
However, for downloading from Ifolder, you would need some further Russian. If you cannot make your way with the help of babelfish.altavista.com or the google translation engine, just try to keep looking out for links saying сюда. If all this doesn't work, give me a notice, and I'll upload it to mediafire or massmirror or rapidshare...

bravo juju said...

done! a bit labyrinthine, but done. thanks to both, once again, and good luck.

CylonDetector2000 said...

Sorry I missed this one. Will you be re-uploading?

bravo juju said...

We will. But it may take some time; there are so many re-up requests to attend already...
Saty tuned