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Two wonderful new CDs reviewed

Here are two new reviews, separately or apart they represent just a part of the span of new Jewish music for which the KlezmerShack exists. Both are exciting CDs.

album coverIt's the Klezmatics first live album, and their first album with Joshua Nelson. It is also an incredibly intense CD for the forthcoming Passover holiday, focusing on black and Jewish song. Not your grandparents' klezmer? But, if you are of my generation, this is still music that you grew up with, just never performed with this intensity and joy: Klezmatics / Brother Moses Smote the Water.

Celebrate Yiddish album coverI was a bit dubious when Susan Deikman sent me information about her new album in which she performs traditional Jewish spiritual texts to Hindu chant. I loved what I heard, but turned to friend Hanna Tiferet for the review, feeling that the music deserved more than my own "I've never heard anything like this, but it sounds good." Yofiyah / Kabbalistic Kirtan.

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