Camp Songs CD (2003)

Artist: Ben Perowsky

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Label Koch International Distributio
SKU 60586115
UPC 702397717522
UPC 14 00702397717522
Format CD
Release Date 2/25/2003
Author Ben Perowsky
Associated Artist/Work O'Leary, Mark
Technical Info
Engineer Goodandevil; Goodandevil
Producer Ben Perowsky; Kazunori Sugiyama; Ben Perowsky
CatalogID 7175
Lable Name Tzadik Records
Released 02/25/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00702397717522
Musical Guests
Uri Caine
Oren Bloedow
Jennifer Charles
Album Notes and Credits
CAMP SONGS includes songs that Ben Perowsky sang as a child at Jewish summer camp.
Personnel: Ben Perowsky (vocals, drums, bells); Ben Perowsky; Danny Blume (vocals, acoustic guitar); Drew Gress (double bass); Jennifer Charles, Oren Bloedow (vocals); Uri Caine (piano).
Recording information:
Arrangers: Ben Perowsky; Uri Caine; John Zorn .
Here, New York City-based modern jazz drummer Ben Perowsky reworks prayer songs that he learned as a child while attending summer camp in upstate New York. Ultimately, the trio featuring pianist Uri Caine and bassist Drew Gress rearranges these sacred songs -- sans two originals by Perowsky -- into a series of loosely performed jazz works, as the band's hip outlook surfaces quite nicely via driving swing vamps intermingled with freely organized exchanges, boogie-blues, and more. No doubt, Perowsky possesses laudable chops amid his lyrically charged sense of swing and power rolls. However, this set comes across as a cohesive group effort, founded upon the drummer's take on Jewish prayer tunes. Many of these pieces are constructed upon airy soundscapes and fragmented themes, enhanced by Perowsky's multi-hued cymbal swashes and Caine's extraordinary improvisational abilities. With the piece titled "Birkat Hamazon," the drummer enlists a vocal duo for a delicately orchestrated jazz groove marked by Brazilian samba and Jewish traditionalism. A delightful listening experience indeed. ~ Glenn Astarita
Professional Reviews
The Wire (5/03, p.67) - "...The interest and pleasure springs from Perowsky's highly articulate and accurate playing of his kit, Caine's tight phrasing and harmonic ingenuity and Gress's subtle accentuation..."
JazzTimes (11/03, p.117) - "[P]ianist Uri Caine and bassist Drew Gress have worked together in a host of settings and with a wide range of material, and their rapport with Perowsky is airtight."
Disc 1
1 Yigdal
2 Adon Olam
3 Mess Hall
4 Ashen
5 Shema (Shaharit)
6 Aleinu
7 Birkat Hamazon
8 Trop
9 Shema (Maariz)
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