CD Midrash Mish Mosh * (CD 987727), Audio Other
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Midrash Mish Mosh *


  • 1. Kleyzmish Moshpit
    2. Kaddish For Carmen
    3. Peep Nokh a Mol
    4. Balagan Balaban
    5. Debkavanah
    6. Yiddishe Kop
    7. Khosidl For the Mixed Marriage
    8. Der Rumsisker Maggid / Shema
    9. Khosn Kalleh Haskalah
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7194

  • Credits
    ProducerAaron Alexander
    EngineerRandy Crafton; Sal Mormando

    Personnel: Aaron Alexander (drums); Curtis Hasselbring (guitar, trombone); Brad Shepik (guitar); Greg Wall (clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Merlin Shepherd (clarinet); Frank London (trumpet); Fima Ephron (bass instrument); Michael Sarin (drums); Randy Crafton (rik).
    After appearing on recordings for more than a decade, Aaron Alexander steps up with an all-original program for his debut album, Midrash Mish Mosh. This is plugged-in, amped-up Jewish music (like Hasidic New Wave), and the band puts a lot of muscle behind it. In fact, everyone in Hasidic New Wave but Dave Fiuczynski is on this album (with additional players), but this recording is less rock-oriented than that band. The tunes themselves are quite catchy and hummable, but the raging electric guitars and furious blowing that sometimes accompany them may take some listeners by surprise (although this is another entry in the Radical Jewish Culture series). "Kleyzmish Moshpit" opens with a few blasts of noise before launching into a frenzied dance tune that ultimately deconstructs in fabulous fashion before closing up with the main theme again. They bring the energy down just a bit for "Kaddish for Carmen," but they remain pretty exuberant throughout. The dual drums of Alexander and Michael Sarin add plenty of drive but never get in the way, and the soloists are all stellar. This is probably some of guitarist Brad Shepik's wildest, most distorted work (check out "Der Rumsisker Maggid/Shema"!), and anyone who's been following the avant Jewish scene knows what kind of fireworks Frank London and Greg Wall can provide. Merlin Shepherd (clarinet) and Curtis Hasselbring (trombone) match them stride for stride, with Fima Ephron holding down the bottom on bass. This album isn't for the strict traditionalists, but it sure is fun and almost certain to get even the goys moving. ~ Sean Westergaard

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Alexander and associates combine invigorating arrangements with a prominently transmitted fun factor."
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