Michael Winograd – Kosher Style (OU People, 2019)
Clarinet virtuoso and composer Michael Winograd explores the roots and evolution of Yiddish music on Kosher Style. Winograd grew up during the Yiddish music revival in the United States and has become one of its leading performers.
Kosher Style celebrates the music scene and atmosphere of Brooklyn, New York, which is home to most of the essential Yiddish musicians in the United States. The album’s songs as well as the cover featuring Coney Island make references to Brooklyn.
Winograd mixes lively Jewish traditional music with American jazz and Balkan music influences including a powerful brass and rhythm section. Throughout the album, Winograd delivers remarkable, passionate clarinet melodies that masterfully intertwine with the brass instruments and accordion.
The musicians on Kosher Style include Michael Winograd on clarinet; Ben Holmes on trumpet; Daniel Blacksberg on trombone; Ken Maltz on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet; Zoe Christiansen on clarinet; Sanne Möricke on accordion; Carmen Staaf on piano; Jordan Sand on upright bass; and David Licht on drums and percussion.
You can preorder Kosher Style from michaelwinograd.bandcamp.com/album/kosher-style