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Naftule's Dream blends klezmer with rock and doesn't forget to add some improvisation into their inspired mix. With the thrilling originals on Smash, Clap!, they course through a wide array of moods. Often wild and raucous, there are extraordinary solos; even during the opening tune, the piano takes virtuosic runs that would incite howls of cheering from a live audience. Upbeat and fun, in "Free Klez 3 & 4," you hear a klezmer relative of the type of Raymond Scott tune that Carl Stalling adapted for Looney Tunes' chase scenes, immediately followed by a spy-theme klezmer with a harder groove ("Speed Klez"). The brilliant musicians of Naftule's Dream throw a tightly constructed, dance-'til-you're-breathless good time interspersed with just the right amount of wind-down breathers.


Formed: November, 1995 in Boston, MA

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Shirim Klezmer Orchestra had been playing traditional Klezmer music in the Boston-area for 14 years when they created Naftule's Dream as a more adventurous outlet for their improvisations and original compositions. The group has continued to evolve, recording two impressive albums, Search for the Golden Dreydl in 1997 and Smash, Clap in 1998, on their own. The Boston Phoenix described Naftule's Dream as a "sophisticated little big band," while the Boston Globe praised the group for its fusion...
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