1. Recorded live at Paradise Gardens Festival, Victoria Park, London, June 2010

    It is always the seam on your trousers that attracts the most dirt," said Alf Wax, the great Whitechapel tailor, and back in 1950s London the same was undoubtedly true for music.

    It was the seam of the big band and rock'n'roll eras that attracted musicians who produced what sounds now like the dirtiest, most deliriously danceable music of all - that delirious mix of classic Yiddish songs, West Indian Calypso and English beat rhythms that they called 'der shvitz'. When years later it crossed the Atlantic in diluted form as 'the twist' its roots were forgotten, and remained so, with the exception of a select few in the know who recognise Willy Bergman, its founder and greatest bandleader, as the lost hero of the sex n drugs British music revolution.

    The Yiddish Twist Orchestra pays homage to the genius and paranoia of Bergman, the anonymous beatnik funkateer who got the slums - and salons - on both sides of the water dancing to that pounding Yiddish beat.

    Arrangement by Willy Bergman

    Vocals: Natty Bo
    Guitar: Ben Mandelson
    Piano & Organ: Robin Harris
    Bass: Javier Fioramonti
    Drums: Saleem Ramen

    Trumpet: Lemez Lovas
    Trumpet: Steve Chadwick
    Trombone: Paul Taylor
    Sax: David Bitelli

    Camera: Daniela Boban, Lucy Kaye, Marc Isaacs
    Editor: Daniel D. Moses (http://www.danielmoses.com)
    Artwork: Melamed (mlmd.ru)
    Live Recording and Mix: Moshik Kop

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Yiddish Twist Orchestra

Yiddish Twist Orchestra

Music from the London Twist Mambo Calypso Beatnik collective

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