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Klezmer, an extremely infectious style of music that Jews brought to the U.S., comes in many forms — some more Americanized than others. On Klezmer Music, the band Brave Old World emphasizes klezmer's Euro-Jewish roots. But while this CD is a throwback to the years before klezmer came under jazz's influence, this band does have a looseness, an element of spontaneity and a sense of improvisation that jazz musicians can admire. One may notice the similarity these songs (some of them instrumental, some with vocals) have to Arab, Greek, Armenian and Turkish music. But whatever comparisons are made, klezmer has a distinctive sound that Brave Old World has clearly mastered.


Formed: 1990

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Klezmer music traces back to the dance music played by itinerant Jewish music that traveled throughout Europe in the nineteenth century. The tradition is brought up to contemporary standards by Brave Old World, a group that includes members from California, Chicago, New York and Berlin. "The Washington Post' called Brave Old World "the revival's first supergroup. Every player is a virtuoso". "The Boston Globe" explained that Brave Old World "plays a klezmer music that is entirely grounded in the...
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