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Album: Neshamah
# Song Title   Time
1)    Baal Shem Tov's Melody, The
2)    Hamisha Asar
3)    Odessa Mama (Odesa Mame)
4)    Skrip, Klezmeri, Skripe
5)    Caminos de Sirkeci, Los
6)    Kad Jawajuni
7)    Hora Mit Tzibeles, A
8)    Viva Ordue¤a
9)    Quando el Rey Nimrod
10)    Leybedike Honga, A
11)    Shoemaker's Melody, The
12)    Freylich
13)    Sholem Aleichem
14)    Naftule Spielt Far Dem Rebin
15)    Addio Querida
 

Album: Neshamah
# Song Title   Time
1)    Baal Shem Tov's Melody, The
2)    Hamisha Asar
3)    Odessa Mama (Odesa Mame)
4)    Skrip, Klezmeri, Skripe
5)    Caminos de Sirkeci, Los
6)    Kad Jawajuni
7)    Hora Mit Tzibeles, A
8)    Viva Ordue¤a
9)    Quando el Rey Nimrod
10)    Leybedike Honga, A
11)    Shoemaker's Melody, The
12)    Freylich
13)    Sholem Aleichem
14)    Naftule Spielt Far Dem Rebin
15)    Addio Querida
 
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Performer Notes
  • Solo performer: Tim Sparks (guitar).
  • Includes liner notes by Tim Sparks.
  • Personnel: Tim Sparks (guitar).
  • Liner Note Author: Tim Sparks.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Heung-Heung "Chippy" Chin.
  • Tim Sparks gets to the essence of traditional Jewish song by addressing a stellar selection of Hasidic and Sephardic tunes on his solo acoustic guitar. Sparks sticks closely to the melodies, altering tempos and adding flourishes here and there, but always respectfully, resulting in some lovely renditions that soothe the soul. There are a multitude of influences at work, from folk song to Eastern European dance music, each of which the guitarist exploits to full advantage. Some of the odd meters are difficult to play (for example, "Los Caminos de Sirkeci" is based on a 3+2/8 dance rhythm), but Sparks masters them and makes it sound easy. The tempo of the popular song "Shalom Aleichem" is slowed to a snail's pace, giving it new life with this unusual interpretation. Similarly, other pieces are altered carefully in minor ways to produce slightly different perspectives. Sometimes the guitar transforms a piece into something different than it was originally, and since most of the songs were used historically for dancing or singing, the attempt to turn them into instrumentals might have been expected to be a difficult task. Sparks, though, seems undeterred, and he squeezes every ounce of melodic sophistication from a song's essence, resulting in a delightful and authentic display that while impressive is never overdone. ~ Steven Loewy
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (6-7/00, p.63) - "...It's a project that works really well. The tunes are surprisingly melodic, with Sparks taking an improvisational slant on many of them....truly groundbreaking..."
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