New York City: Global Beat of the Boroughs

New York City: Global Beat of the Boroughs


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There's no single city in the world like New York, because no other city has so many worlds within it. The Big Apple in all its kaleidoscopic variety is yours for the tasting on this fascinating collection of music from dozens of different ethnic groups who've made New York home. An information-crammed 40-page booklet is your guide, detailing the performers, their cultures, and their neighborhoods, but all that's really needed are open ears. Beginning with the Latin sounds of New York, circa 2001 -- Puerto Rican plena and bomba from estimable locals Viento de Agua and Los Pleneros de la 21 -- the collection leaves virtually no region of the world untouched. Albanian folk tunes, Korean classical music, Indo-Caribbean drum jams, salsa, calypso, Irish reels, klezmer, Ukrainian dances, and contemporary Arabic music make for a engaging parade of sounds. The recordings are uniformly excellent and feature some of the top artists in their fields: Hassidic jazz visionary Andy Statman, Palestinian oud star Simon Shaheen, Irish fiddlers Cherish the Ladies, and timbales legend Manny Oquendo are just some of the international stars who just happen to call New York home. Like any real New Yorker, you'll have your own favorites, but some outstanding cuts include Dickson Guillaume's Haitian gospel choir, straight out of East Flatbush and praising Jesus in Kreyol; Yuri Yunakov's dizzying "Cocek Manhattan" celebrating Balkans-style in 9/8 time; and the Neopolitan song "O Giglio e Paradiso," which commemorates a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, festival involving a two-ton aluminum tower, a statue of Saint Paulinus, 125 Italian guys, and pile of brass bands. All in all, this collection is a must for any New York-ophile.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2001
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074049327
catalogNumber: 40493
Rank: 166610

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Simon Shaheen   Violin
Mike Richmond   Double Bass
Willie Rodriguez   Piano,Choir, Chorus
Andy Statman   Clarinet
Klezmatics   Track Performer
Aoife Clancy   Guitar,Bodhran
Eileen Ivers   Violin
Frisner Augustin   Drums,Vocals
Anthony Carrillo   Bata
Mary Coogan   Guitar,Mandolin
Matt Darriau   Alto Saxophone
John Doyle   Guitar
Larry Eagle   Percussion
Catherine Foster   Clarinet
Charlie Giordano   Accordion
Gene Golden   Conga,Shekere
Andy González   Bass Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Jamey Haddad   Percussion
Tom Hayes   Bodhran
David Krakauer   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
John La Barbera   Guitar
Tang Liangxing   Zhonghu
David Licht   Drums
Frank London   Trumpet,Cornet,Alto Horn
Donna Long   Fiddle,Piano
Joanie Madden   Flute,tin whistle
Wu Man   Pipa
Olufemi Claudette Mitchell   Choir, Chorus
Paul Morrissett   Bass Guitar
Manny Oquendo   Timbales
Mary Rafferty   Accordion,tin whistle
Dan Reagan   Trombone,Choir, Chorus
Najib Shaheen   Ud
Lorin Sklamberg   Accordion
Wayne Wallace   Trombone
Jim Whitney   Double Bass
Siobhan Egan   Fiddle,Bodhran
Seido Salifoski   Drums
Abdoulaye Diabate   Vocals
Angel Vazquez   Trombone
Eddie Rodrigues   Percussion,Vocals
Yuri Yunakov   Saxophone
Jose Rivera   Choir, Chorus
Miguel "Menique" Barcasnegras   Choir, Chorus
Alberto "Tito" Cepeda   Maracas
Waldo Chavez   Bass
Frankie Vazquez   Vocals
Natasha Hassam Youssef   Track Performer
Sam Charles Tanco   Choir, Chorus
Nathaniel Townsley   Drums
Robert Montoro Ortiz   Drums
Nellie Tanco   Choir, Chorus
Hector "Tito" Matos   Conga,Vocals
Herman Olivera   Vocals
Juan Gutiérrez   Choir, Chorus
Abraham Rodríguez   Percussion,Vocals
Abou Sylla   Balan
Arcel Vickers   Organ
Desmar Guevara   Piano
Richard Nant   Trumpet
Joe Fiedler   Trombone
Tim Newman   Trombone
Christian Davis   Vocals
Alberto Toro   Flute
Cheresque   Track Performer
Mamadou Diabate   Kora
Brad Schoeppach   Guitar
Ricardo S. Pons   Saxophone
Bassam Saba   Flute,Nay
Merita Halili   Vocals
Lefteris Bournias   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Cherish the Ladies   Arranger
Andy Statman   Arranger
Eileen Ivers   Arranger
Frisner Augustin   Arranger,Contributor
John Doyle   Arranger
Edward Haber   Engineer
Joanie Madden   Arranger
Jeff Peters   Engineer
John A. Schaefer   Producer
Michael DeMark   Engineer
Siobhan Egan   Arranger
Ethel Raim   Executive Producer
Stephen Shultis   Engineer
Ricardo S. Pons   Arranger,Musical Director

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