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Abe Schwartz

Biography

Like many Europeans relocated during the early twentieth century, Abe Schwartz helped carry the traditions of Klezmer music to the Americas. His loping, perfect violin squeals and twisting melodies gained popularity in the United States, aided by a series of 78s that appealed to an immigrant population longing for fast, furious dance music. Schwartz's blistering violin runs led a large, horn-filled orchestra through Klezmer standards and originals soon to become standards in their own right. The grainy recording quality is to be expected, but this only adds to the old-time, culture-heavy vibe.
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