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Yiddish Blues by Edgar Steinitz

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Album Title: Roots Unknown
Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2018


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Fiona's Comments

Has a similar uncertain mystery to a magic realism movie...think Max Simkin and the special shoes.

About the Album

With an artistic hand lent by legendary bassist David Friesen, clarinetist Edgar Steinitz presents a soulful debut recording. Honoring his heritage, Steinitz taps into a deep spirituality inspired by the joyous melodies of traditional Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jewish musics, offering originals and improvisations in their spirit. Besides Friesen on bass, Roots Unknown features an ensemble of accordian, violin, and percussion along with master improvisor, trumpeter and saxophonist Jay Thomas. Combining the refined musical tastes of the Northern European Ashkenazi, and the strong Afro-Latin influences from the Northern African and South American Sephardic communities, Steinitz discovers a rich and significant musical landscape to explore.

Track Listing

1 To Life (L’Chayim) 4:10 (Jerry Bock, arr. Edgar Steinitz) 2 Jewish Jazz Jam (JJJ) Suite 13:03 one - Peace and Wholeness (Oseh Shalom) 3:35 (Debbie Friedman, arr. Edgar Steinitz) two - Healing Mind, Body and Spirit (Mi Shebeirach) 3:13 (Debbie Friedman, arr. Edgar Steinitz) three - Hope (Hatikvah) 3:75 (arr. Edgar Steinitz) four - Rejoice (Nagila) 2:79 (arr. Edgar Steinitz) 3 Liberation (Ma Lecha Hayam) 6:47 (arr. Edgar Steinitz) 4 Segue 1 0:29 (David Friesen & Jay Thomas) 5 Yiddish Blues 4:09 (arr. Edgar Steinitz) 6 Perseverance 3:03 (David Friesen) 7 Sephardic Blues & Into The Shadow of Lodz 4:50 (Edgar Steinitz / Jerry Simon) 8 Segue 2 0:35 (David Friesen & Jay Thomas) 9 Grant Peace (Sim Shalom) 7:12 (arr. Edgar Steinitz) 10 May Love Find Its Way To You 1:26 (Edgar Steinitz)


Additional Personnel

Edgar Steinitz – Clarinets & Soprano Sax Bonnie Birch – Accordion Jeff Busch – Percussion Julian Smedley – Violin & Viola Wayne Porter – Drums Special Guest Artists – David Friesen – Hemage Bass Jay Thomas – Flugelhorn, Flute, Tenor Sax, Trumpet

Date featured

January 16, 2018

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