There have been periodic waves of Klezmer revival as if each new generation discovers the energy and improvisational fervor that makes it one of the world’s most enduring popular musics. What makes clarinetist Green’s work different is that while respecting the tradition, he’s not afraid to take a breath and let the blues in, “Tarras Doina and Blues”, or to play sweetly and classically with traces of the lyricism of say Darius Milhaud. He takes Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints” to a magic understated place where he brings that special traditionally Jewish timbre to the piece while gently swinging in the breeze like a leaf about to take flight in the New England wind. Check out “Utt Da Zay” for the perfect Blues/Klezmer wedding.
-Hobart Taylor, KUCI 88.9 FM Irvine, CA.