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True to their name, the Klezmer Conservatory Band are preservationists rather than innovators in this concert recording of klezmer classics from the 1920s through the '50s. For Live!: The Thirteenth Anniversary Album arrangements are updated for modern tastes while remaining true to the heyday of the Yiddish big bands — meaning that the anachronisms don't really become intrusive until the group has established an affable enough presence that almost any cornball transgressions can be forgiven. The well-paced, revue-style show, intentionally or not, highlights the contributions of klezmer to mainstream American music. The obvious example, Ziggy Elman's "And the Angels Sing," fits effortlessly between a cut from a 1926 Yiddish operetta and the traditional "Russian Sher."


Formed: 1980

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The centuries-old tradition of klezmer music, originally played by itinerant Jewish musicians in Eastern Europe, is extended by saxophonist, pianist, and composer Hankus Netsky and his group, the Klezmer Conservatory Band. With songs sung in Yiddish, the band incorporates a wide range of influences into its Jewish dance music. The Klezmer Conservatory Band was formed by Netsky, chairman of the jazz studies department at the New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston in 1980. The grandson and nephew...
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