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Klezmatics + Nelson & Farmer / Brother Moses Smote the Water
Album:Brother Moses Smote the Water Collection:World
Artist:Klezmatics + Nelson & Farmer Added:05/2005
Label:Piranha Musik 

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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2005-11-04 
THE KLEZMATICS + NELSON & FARMER – “Brother Moses Smote the Water”
Piranha, 2004

Klezmer meets the "Negro spiritual"! This unique collaboration between the renowned band and Joshua Nelson, a black Jewish singer in the mold of Mahalia Jackson, was recorded live in Berlin. The group, (also with singer/organist Kathryn Farmer), takes on an assortment of old spirituals plus some tunes from the Klezmatics’ repertoire. Not as earth-shaking as I had hoped, but it works pretty well.

Fo’s picks: 2, 5, 6, 9, 10

1. 2:39 – slow trumpet + organ tones, quiet Passover song in Hebrew & Yiddish
2. 9:17 – powerhouse spiritual: strong vocal, weeping violin & clarinet breaks
3. 6:41 – upbeat seder song in Hebrew, group vocals, happy stomping beat
4. 8:30 – song of peace, starts slow & quiet, builds power. Vocalists take turns
5. 5:17 – midtempo, rollicking tune, with a New Orleans jazz flair
6. 7:21 – dripping with soul: Farmer & Matt Derriau (sax) trade off verses.
7. 3:08 – group a cappella spiritual, uptempo
8. 3:49 – Sam Cooke’s rewrite of an old tune: a midtempo gospel stomp
9. 5:01 – strong gospelly "rave-up” with excellent vocals and little horn riffs
10. 5:49 – Yiddish socialist anthem, trumpet break, audience sings, gospelly ending

[Fo] – 11/4/05

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1.Eyliyohu Hanovi 6.Go Down Moses
2.Elijah Rock 7.Moses Smote the Water
3.Ki Loy Nue 8.Oh Mary Don't You Weep
4.Shnirele, Perele 9.Didn't It Rain
5.Walk in Jerusalem 10.Ale Brider