LET'S ALL ADD, SHAll WE: 1,2,3,1,2,3 -Sorry, but I hear 6 beat phrase, which explains why this rhythm is commonly called- by EVERYBODY-a slow 6/8. Remember, class: RESTS are counted but not played."My impression was that Bjorling is thinking in five beat units, NOT in 5/8 time signature. Kurt’s a clarinet player, and I imagine that playing five beat phrases over the 3/8 rhythm would make for some nice polyrhythms.
Sure you COULD look at it as 5 beats- providing you change the downbeat every measure.
Incidentally, all of the klezmer people I know would notate the “zhok” in 3/8, not 6/8. Many of them would play two-bar patterns over the music, though.