Percussionist Roberto Juan Rodriguez, who grew up in Miami's Cuban community, blends the music of his youth--klezmer, Afro-Cuban, danzon, and son--to great effect.
A collection of songs from the 1920s, 20s and 40s, in Yiddish or based on Jewish themes
It's hard to categorize the fresh ecclectic sound of this singer, composer and pianist, whose music blends pop, jazz and classical forms in surprising and delightful ways.
Issachar is actually one disc of a two-CD set called The Circle Maker, part of John Zorn's ongoing Masada project, which features the Bar Kokhba Sextet on the second disc, Zevulon. Of all Masada's manifestations, the Masada String Trio is our favorite for pure gorgeousness.
Paul Shapiro's latest is a celebratory riff on the arrival of Shabbat.
Guitarist Marc Ribot's amazing homage to Cuban bandleader Arsenio Rodriguez, with Brad Jones on bass and EJ Rodriguez on percussion. Completely addictive.
Klezmer meets experimental jazz on the Tzadik label, with Ben Goldberg on clarinet, Dan Seamans on bass, and Kenny Wollesen on drums. You've probably heard us play track 4.
Saxophonist Paul Shapiro delivers beautiful arrangements and impressive musicianship.
This band, led by pianist Anthony Coleman, explores the space between traditional jazz, Spanish and Jewish music, inspired, Coleman says, by growing up in Brooklyn near a Latino marketplace at the height of the salsa craze.
Red Sea is a creative and exciting blend of original music, Hasidic melodies, improvisation and ambient soundscapes. Inspired by the music of the legendary Cantor Pierre Pinchik, this is a moody and dynamic album evoking the ecstasy of cantorial fervor.
From the great Masada series, led by John Zorn on alto sax, with Dave Douglas on trumpet, Greg Cohen on bass, and Joey Baron on drums. Track 4 gets heavy play.