New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars – “Manichalfwitz” – [Gert Town]
Another hot recording from the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars, those Klezmers
with the funky street beat of the Neville Brothers’s “Mean” Willie Green on
drums (on some tracks the new drummer, Stanton Moore takes over). The extreme skill of the two reed players, Ben Ellman and Rob Wagner, would do well in any New York loft jazz session, yet they still keep the flavor and reference of
the klezmer style. I have seen this band live many times and they can get a
crowd of dancers really into orbit – even me (and I can’t dance a bit)
Fast , Furious, Fun, Freylech, Funky, F***in’ GREAT !
Update: Most of these band members have gone on to form other groups – most notably Ben Ellman and Stanton Moore now mostly play as “Galactic.”