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Naftule's Dream, Cambridge, MA, Mar 24

The church at the end of the alley, decent punk typeNaftule’s Dream CD Release Party for "Live in Florence" at Ryle’s March 24

Naftule’s Dream will celebrate the release of their latest CD, "Live in Florence" (Innova) with a performance at Ryle’s Jazz Club (212 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-876-9330, www.rylesjazz.com) on March 24, at 8:30p.m., tickets are $7. "Live in Florence" captures the Boston-based Naftule’s Dream before a packed house in Italy at the end of a European tour and documents the band’s intense live energy at its very best. Opening up the evening will be the eclectic guitar trio, Fat Little Bastard.(FLB).

"Naftule’s Dream has taken the fiery musical legacy of klezmer master Naftule Brandwein and mixed it into a burning cauldron of free-jazz, edgy rock and modern expressionism. It’s a music of urgent appeal; a beautiful abstraction grounded in tunes as familiar as a family gathering; a circus of rhythm, celebration and blues, where moods and timbres shift with kaleidoscopic abruptness," says jazz critic Howie Mandel in the CD’s liner notes.

The "deep emotional resonance" which marks their live performances has made them a must-see on the Boston scene and has won them converts on their travels through Europe as well as the strongholds of new music in New York and Chicago.

Naftule’s Dream features musicians from a diverse list of bands prominent on the local music scene including Brandon Seabrook (electric guitar) and Jim Gray (tuba), Michael McLaughlin (accordion), Gary Bohan(trumpet); Eric Rosenthal (drums), and bandleader/clarinetist Glenn Dickson.

"This is without a doubt the most startlingly original, audacious music I’ve heard…What else can you say about a band that combines klezmer music and free jazz with feedback guitar into an organic, fully realized whole? It’s a remarkable balancing act of discipline and unabashed noise, technical brilliance and a completely contrary punk/no-wave aesthetic... Imagine Albert Mangelsdorf, Ivo Papasov, Jimi Hendrix, and Ran Blake jamming with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at a Hassidic wedding and you’ll get a piece of the idiosyncratic picture here." -Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

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