This historical anthology presents the traditional jewish wedding music at a turning point of its history. Before its almost complete extermination during the Nazi holocaust and Stalinism it survived in the USA in the heads and hands of immigrants from Eastern Europe.
The first of three volumes in Trikont's Klezmer series puts to shame the ones issued by Yazoo and Music & Arts. These early recordings of Naftule Brandwein, Dave Tarras, Josef Solinski, Leon Ahl, Abe Schwartz, Joseph Moskowitz, and many others on this 18-track retrospective reveal the deep and ancient roots of the Lineage Stammbaum. Culled from the personal collection of klezmer historian Dr. Martin Schwartz, the music presented here traces the movement of Jewish music around Eastern Europe from 1911 to the Shoah, Stalinism, and dispersion of Jews to other parts of the world where political forces and cultural assimilation all but destroyed this great music until the 1970s when it was recorded again.