Café Jew Zoo

COMPOSERS: Yale Strom
LABELS: Narada World
WORKS: Café Jew Zoo
PERFORMER: Yale Strom, with Hot Pstromi & Klazzj
CATALOGUE NO: 76026-2

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Klezmer is one of the original wanderers’ musics, a fusion of Jewish memories and local influences with a different flavour in different places of settlement, though usually the central European content dominates. YALE STROM, a US-based violinist and bandleader, engagingly points out that Abraham came from Ur, not the Ukraine.

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He has pointedly strengthened the Middle Eastern character of his band’s repertoire, though it has to be said that this remains a secondary feature as the doleful melodies and upbeat dances dip in and out of Romania, Macedonia and Russia.