FREE ONLINE ALBUM !
From 1978 to 1990 the majority of the original music in the live performances and most of the studio-album recordings of the band-driven choral ensemble, Kol Simcha (Sound of Joy) were written, arranged, and co-produced by Bruce Cohen – and most of the time, with his uniquely-branded piano-playing driving it, during what Kol Simcha soprano Kathy Shooster called, “Kol Simcha’s ‘golden era.'”
Each song is playable directly from the links below. Enjoy! (Released Early April 2017)
“What I love about this raw, non-studio collection is that the separate and distinct qualities of the vocal and instrumental performances, and harmony-arrangements can each be clearly heard for what they truly were without studio correction or masking – despite often tremulous analog recording, and a decidedly honkey-tonk sounding old piano in one of the live venues. This collection captures how it all really was – live.”
– Bruce L. Cohen, Composer/Pianist/Arranger
1. Sing Hallelujah (Live At Mt. Holly) – Music & Lyrics: Rick Coghill & Joel Chernoff, Vocal Arrangement: J. Finkelstein, Vocal Direction: J. Finkelstein. Piano Arrangement: Bruce Cohen ©Messianic Music & Messianic Publishing & Bruce Cohen respectively.
2. Shomer Yisrael (Live At Mt. Holly) – Song & Vocal Arrangement: Hasidic Folk Festival, Vocal Direction: J. Finkelstein Piano Arrangement: Bruce Cohen ©1979 Hasidic Folk Festival, Kol Simcha & Bruce Cohen respectively.
CREDITS: Mt. Holly Recording Engineer: Wayne Eisenberg.
Tascam (PA) Recording Engineers: J.P. Shelkin & Mitchell Fox.