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Andy Statman <i>Old Brooklyn</i>

This two-CD set by clarinetist and mandolinist Andy Statman blends progressive bluegrass, jazz, country, traditional Jewish music, folk and rock, all coming together through a unique, unifying aesthetic testifying to the ways in which these genres intertwine. The 25 tracks feature a variety of configurations, from duets to ensemble playing, with Statman’s longtime core trio and guests, among them Béla Fleck, Ricky Skaggs and Paul Shaffer.

The material is mostly Statman-penned (including “Totally Steaming,” a clarinet duet with a teakettle), with a wide range of older tunes, such as the 18th-century hymn “The Lord Will Provide,” an intimate, evocative clarinet duet with Skaggs on vocals, the Grand Ole Opry hit “Y’all Come” and the traditional Appalachian tune “Sally Ann.” Several of the originals stem from Jewish roots: “Zhok Mahoney,” based on the Eastern European zhok rhythm, features Larry Eagle’s free-jazz drumming and a brawny restatement of the melody by bassist Jim Whitney; the traditional “Shabbos Nigun” (Sabbath melody) takes the form of a clarinet duet with Fleck’s banjo; the introduction to “Life Cycles” was inspired by a Chassidic composer and rabbi.

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