De Amsterdam Klezmer Band much like Max Pashm may not be traditional enough for the average listener but are doing nothing more than the original Klezmer musicians did - mixed klezmer music with popular music of the time.
Of course, this doesn't mean you get Rihanna with a violin, cello and trumpet but that the band use some pulsating beats and well written humorous Dutch hip hop to liven up what may otherwise sound like numerous other klezmer outfits from the former "Jerusalem of the North" - Amsterdam where klezmer music is enjoying a current surge of popularity.
De Amsterdam Klezmer Band are no new kids on the block and this is about their 9th album, they've perfected their sound now and the tracks come with seemless ease, managing to blend Klezmer with Balkan or Russian music. Both Odessa born Kopyt and tubby Dutch jack the lad Job Chaies offer something difference. Kopyt is well suited to the more emotional numbers, often sung in Russian whilst Job occasionally sneaks in witha humorous line in English or Dutch and is the forefront of any included hip hop.
The album has a habit of slowing down to a stop through a sad lonely trumpet before changing into a full pelt blast of music coming at you from various directions with various instruments. Whether it's the stunning track "Op Een Goppe" about why Job can't live too long without a party, jazzy upbeat Romanian numbers like "Alles Kan Better" or "Sirba Katoomba", Turkish influenced songs like "Kessikopru" or the classic "Buchalter Joint" dedicated to the Jewish mobster Louis Buchalter - this album is bound to bring a smile to your face.
1. Banat - M: Gijs Levelt
2. Takaj Zhizn - M: Janfie van Strien / L: Alec Kopyt
3. Alles Kan Beter - M: Theo van Tol
4. Kesikköprü - M: Jasper de Beer
5. Op een Goppe - M and L: Job Chajes
6. Vesna (B&W Love) - M: Janfie van Strien / L: Alec Kopyt
7. Netty - M: Joop van der Linden
8. Sîrba Katoomba - M: Janfie van Strien
9. The 7th Seven - M: Jasper de Beer
10. Zlabya - M: Joop van der Linden
11. Doina - M: Jasper de Beer
12. Tarantula - M: Jasper de Beer
13. Kolodobre - M: Job Chajes
14. Zaraza - M: Gijs Levelt / L: Alec Kopyt
15. Gde - M: Joop van der Linden / L: Alec Kopyt
16. Buchalter Joint - M: S. Hantel / Job Chajes
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Takaj Zhizn
3 Alles Kan Beter
5 Op Een Goppe
6 Vesna Music
8 Sîrba Katoomba
9 7th Seven
16 Buchalter Joint - De Amsterdam Klezmer Band, , Shantel