“ Artist: Rebecca Kaplan & Pete Rushefsky / Import / Audio CD released 2004-01-01 at Yiddishland „
On The Paths is an album by Rebecca Kaplan & Pete Rushefsky, both of these artists are Klezmer revivalists, neither learnt the music from their parents but have done it the technical way around. Kaplan learnt Yiddish at Vilnius University whilst Rushefsky has done years of research in the subject and is now a teacher himself.
Rushefsky has done a great job, his playing of the tsimbl is as good as I've come across and he doesn't try to do anything new with it but rather marvels in perfecting the old style which in itself is a dieing breed and therefore also pretty rare. What Rushefsky achieves with his instrument, Kaplin fails to do with her voice. I think this is what lets the album down, her clean early style of singing should be nice on the ears but instead seems too serious and lacks the upbeatness of other contemporaries.
Somehow the Yiddish sounds authoritarian and if I wasn't listening closely enough, I'd have it down as regular German. I'd like to see Rushefsky pair up with someone else because this doesn't really work for me and seems to be a cymbal talent wasted. The cymbal playing is awesome though, this instrument with so many possible combinations of sounds oozes middle eastern noises and both sadness and happiness.
2. Ven Es Dremlt Dos Shtetl
3. Prince Carol Sirba
4. Ikh Hob Gevolt
5. A Glezele Yash
7. Tayerer Rebenyu
8. In Droysn Iz Finster/vos Vilstu, Muter, Hobn / Freylekh Far Rivk
9. Shlof, Mayn Kind
10. Shoyn Fir Yor
11. Sadegurer Khusidl
12. Vos She Toyg Mir Dayn Sheyner Vayngortn?
13. Oyf Di Vegelekh / Yanyinke Sirba
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Ven Es Dremlt Dos Shtetl
3 Prince Carol Sirba
4 Ikh Hob Gevolt
5 Glezele Yash
7 Tayerer Rebenyu
8 In Droysn Iz Finster/Vos Vilstu, Muter, Hobn/Freylekh Far Rivke
9 Shlof, Mayn Kind
10 Shoyn Fir Yor
11 Sadegurer Khusidl
12 Vos Zhe Toyg Mir Dayn Sheyner Vayngortn?
13 Oyf Di Vegelekh/Yanyinke Sirba