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Old Brooklyn

Andy Statman

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Andy Statman has tended to compartmentalize his two instruments and two performing styles, on the one hand, a bluegrass mandolin player, on the other, a klezmer clarinetist, even to the point, for instance, of simultaneously issuing albums in each mode, as he did in 2006 with East Flatbush Blues and Awakening from Above, respectively. On 2011's Old Brooklyn, he endeavors to mix his approaches and give full rein to his talents; not surprisingly, it takes him two CDs and more than 90 minutes to do it. Among the 25 tracks can be found a lyrical unaccompanied clarinet performance ("Life Cycles") as well as a bluegrass number in the manner of Bill Monroe, albeit with drums ("Long Journey Home"). In between, it's possible to hear just about everything in between. On various tunes, Statman employs some traditional bluegrass players, notably fiddler Byron Berline, banjoist Béla Fleck, and banjo and fiddle player Bruce Molsky, as well as horn men Art Baron and Lew Soloff, and even Paul Shaffer on his various keyboards. Early on, notably on the opening title song and "Totally Steaming," the musicians cross the border from klezmer to Ornette Coleman-style free jazz. They also bring in early rock & roll and blues on occasion ("Bourbon in Jackson Hole," "21st Century Chicken Shack Back Blues"). And there's even a gospel spiritual, "The Lord Will Provide," with a vocal by Ricky Skaggs that is basically a cappella, although the singing interweaves with Statman's clarinet soloing. Much of the time, however, the disc goes back and forth between the leader's big loves, presenting bluegrass on one track led by mandolin, followed by klezmer on the next, as the clarinet returns. What ties it all together is Statman's virtuosity on his instruments, virtuosity that is often matched by a talented and adventurous batch of backup musicians.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
Old Brooklyn
00:05:54

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

2
My Hollywood Girls
00:03:01

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

3
Pretty Little Gal
00:02:27

Andy Statman, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher - traditional, arranged by Andy Statman, Composer

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

4
The Lord Will Provide
00:05:30

Andy Statman, Artist, MainArtist - words by John Newton; arranged by Andy Statman and Ricky Skaggs, Composer

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

5
Totally Steaming
00:02:36

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

6
Zhok Mahoney
00:05:09

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

7
Eitan And Zaidy
00:05:37

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

8
Since I Met You Baby
00:04:35

Ivory Joe Hunter, Composer - Andy Statman, Artist, MainArtist

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

9
A Brighter Day
00:03:08

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

10
Life Cycles
00:04:42

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

11
Sally Ann
00:03:05

Andy Statman, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher - traditional, arranged by Andy Statman, Composer

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

12
Y'all Come
00:02:28

Andy Statman, Artist, MainArtist - Arliegh Duff, Composer

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

DISC 2

1
Bourbon In Jackson Hole
00:02:42

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

2
A Boppin' Crib
00:06:02

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

3
Anthem
00:02:21

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

4
Waltz For Mom
00:02:40

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

5
Ocean Parkway After Dark
00:03:47

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

6
Shabbos Nigun
00:04:53

Andy Statman, Artist, MainArtist - traditional, arranged by Andy Statman and Béla Fleck, Composer

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

7
Mah Yedidus (How Beloved Is Your Rest)
00:03:21

Andy Statman, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher - traditional, arranged by Andy Statman, Composer

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

8
Blues In 3
00:03:51

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

9
The One In Nine
00:04:27

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

10
On The King's Highway
00:02:33

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

11
Uncle Mo
00:03:48

Andy Statman, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

12
21st Century Chicken Shack Back Blues
00:05:57

Andy Statman, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher - traditional, arranged by Andy Statman, Composer

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

13
Long Journey Home
00:01:29

Andy Statman, Artist, MainArtist - Oceana Music, ASCAP, MusicPublisher - traditional, arranged by Andy Statman, Composer

2011 Shefa Records 2011 Shefa Records

Album review

Andy Statman has tended to compartmentalize his two instruments and two performing styles, on the one hand, a bluegrass mandolin player, on the other, a klezmer clarinetist, even to the point, for instance, of simultaneously issuing albums in each mode, as he did in 2006 with East Flatbush Blues and Awakening from Above, respectively. On 2011's Old Brooklyn, he endeavors to mix his approaches and give full rein to his talents; not surprisingly, it takes him two CDs and more than 90 minutes to do it. Among the 25 tracks can be found a lyrical unaccompanied clarinet performance ("Life Cycles") as well as a bluegrass number in the manner of Bill Monroe, albeit with drums ("Long Journey Home"). In between, it's possible to hear just about everything in between. On various tunes, Statman employs some traditional bluegrass players, notably fiddler Byron Berline, banjoist Béla Fleck, and banjo and fiddle player Bruce Molsky, as well as horn men Art Baron and Lew Soloff, and even Paul Shaffer on his various keyboards. Early on, notably on the opening title song and "Totally Steaming," the musicians cross the border from klezmer to Ornette Coleman-style free jazz. They also bring in early rock & roll and blues on occasion ("Bourbon in Jackson Hole," "21st Century Chicken Shack Back Blues"). And there's even a gospel spiritual, "The Lord Will Provide," with a vocal by Ricky Skaggs that is basically a cappella, although the singing interweaves with Statman's clarinet soloing. Much of the time, however, the disc goes back and forth between the leader's big loves, presenting bluegrass on one track led by mandolin, followed by klezmer on the next, as the clarinet returns. What ties it all together is Statman's virtuosity on his instruments, virtuosity that is often matched by a talented and adventurous batch of backup musicians.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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