Kudos for Klezmercuse

The rhythm section - pianist Dinkin, accordionist Judy Schmid, guitarist Art Bronstein and drummer Mark Wolfe - keep the dance beats jumping while the fiddler weaves her magic in the higher ranges along with Mike Fixler on clarinet and saxophone.

Euphonium player Sam Young goes above and beyond the call of tuba-duty. His horn often engages in a fetching call-and-response with other instruments.

It's sheer joy to listen to a band blossom the way Klezmercuse has on this recording. One of its loveliest incarnations is heard in Aveeya Dinkin's vocals. Her husband-composer writes to her strengths as a singer and she responds in kind with happy and heartfelt readings of numbers such as "Mazel Tov Nigun" and "Aveeya's Nigun." Aveeya also sings "Oy Mame," a delightful ditty culled from the bygone days of Yiddish theater.

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