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Veretski Pass with Joel Rubin – Poyln: A Gilgul | Album Review | Top of the World

Posted on April 14th, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .


Words by Simon Broughton


Jewish and Polish tunes, klezmer-style, by the very best

Although there’s been a great revival of klezmer and Jewish music in the former Eastern Bloc, it’s still American musicians who’ve been in the forefront of the most interesting research and revival. Names such as Michael Alpert, Alan Bern, Bob Cohen and the musicians on this album – Joshua Horowitz and Joel Rubin – are leaders in the field, all American. With his bands Budowitz and Veretski Pass, button accordion and tsimbl (cimbalom) player Joshua Horowitz has explored the grassroots traditions of old-time klezmer music in Eastern Europe.

The title of this album translates as ‘Poland: A Metamorphosis’. Before the Holocaust, Poland had a Jewish population of over three million. Klezmer musicians in Poland played both Jewish and Polish tunes for weddings, parties – and for whoever needed music. On this disc, Veretski Pass bring together traditional tunes from the Jewish and Polish repertoire, sometimes wistful, sometimes exuberant, but always expertly played by Joel Rubin on C clarinet (the high, cheeky klezmer one), Cookie Segelstein on violin, Joshua Horowitz on accordions and tsimbl, and Stuart Brotman on Polish-style cello-bass. One of the most beautiful tunes is ‘Gedankn’ (Thanks), a tune by Jewish cantor Majer Bogdanski (1912-2005) with whom Budowitz worked on their Wedding Without a Bride album. It’s played by Rubin on the clarinet with subtle flourishes, but drawing out the emotion with every note. This is a memorable and important album from true masters of the klezmer repertoire.

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Top of the World May 2016: The best new releases

Posted on April 1st, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the May (#117) issue.

Konono No 1 & Batida
Konono No 1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs)

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Five years since their last album, the innovative Grammy-winning group Konono No 1 are back and are joined by Portuguese-Angolan DJ Batida on this hypnotising collaborative effort.

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Snowboy & The Latin Section
New York Afternoon (Snowboy Records)


With an illustrious discography going back to the late 80s, conguero Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove and his group release their first album on his eponymous label.

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Astar (Breabach Records)

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Scottish group Breabach return with a new album packed full of global musical influences from their travels. A mix of original compositions and covers, Astar exhibits a new, exciting direction.

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La Yegros
Magnetismo (Soundway Records)

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Argentinian nu cumbia singer La Yegros is accompanied by some noteworthy guests on her commanding and rhythmical sophomore album.

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Michael Messer’s Mitra
Call of the Blues (Knife Edge Records)

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Michael Messer’s Mitra transform Mississippi blues songs with Hindustani sensitivities for a delightful project that was mostly recorded live.

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Kris Drever
If Wishes Were Horses (Reveal Records)


A solo album from Lau’s Kris Drever, this showcases what may be Drever’s best work yet, with insightful lyrics penned against a backdrop of warm instrumentation.

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Veretski Pass with Joel Rubin
Poyln: A Gilgul (Golden Horn Records)


Traditional Polish and Jewish music are brought together and masterfully executed on a memorable album by Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin.

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Group Ekanzam
Every Song Has its End: Sonic Dispatches from Traditional Mali (Glitterbeat)

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The diverse nature of Malian traditional music is showcased across 12 tracks gathered by Bamako-based producer Paul Richard Chandler.



Lakou Mizik
Wa Di Yo (Cumbancha)


Lakou Mizik’s debut is a passionate tribute to the people and culture of Haiti. Formed in the aftermath of the country’s 2010 earthquake, the collective deliver a project of celebration and hope.

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Full Attack Band
1001 (Full Attack Band)


Argentinian saxophonist Alejandro Toledo leads a new life in a new band, one that showcases a firm strength, fervour and clear experience in their musical arrangements.

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