Introducing Sukke
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Sukke Introducing Sukke
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cd cover Three of Europe's most in-demand klezmer musicians, Dutch accordionist Sanne Möricke, English clarinetist Merlin Shepherd, and German bassist Heiko Lehmann, come together to produce a no-frills-no-fusion collection of old and new klezmer. Their sound is lively if somewhat unassuming, and all three have the skills to pull off a variety of styles. On the fast pieces they put forward a nice rhythmic throb, thanks to Möricke's propulsive playing. The slow pieces fall just short of cutting loose, but are good showpieces for each instrument. Shepherd has a supple touch on "Mikhl Fait S'Assoir La Mariée (Mikhl is Seating the Bride)," doing a fine imitation of gypsy violin. Lehmann's bowed bass solo on "Reyzl's Lid (Reyzl's Song)" is touching, but it's over too soon at just under two minutes. Lehmann's featherweight voice is too timid to carry off the three vocal tracks with any authority. Ending the disc with two of these tracks is one of the few missteps in this production. The rest is solid, if somewhat less than exhilarating. Introducing Sukke is a walk on the mild side of klezmer music. - Peggy Latkovich

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