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Editors’ Notes

On Rhythm and Jews, The Klezmatics take traditional klezmer music - born in the annals of Jewish history and raised in the communities of Eastern Europe - and knock it firmly in its tuckus. Imagine "Hava Nagila" as interpreted by a manic avante-jazz ensemble and you'll get the feel of this happy intermingling of traditional songs interpreted through contemporary minds. Great humor explodes alongside the clarinet frenzies, violins race like New York taxis, and melodies reflect the most extreme emotional conditions, from ecstasy to despair. Even in its darkest moments, this album celebrates what it is be alive. Thousands of years of Jewish survival provide the incentive to play with such joy, but you certainly don't have to be Jewish to appreciate Rhythm and Jews.

Customer Reviews

Great stuff!

Really good recording. These players are top notch.

Possibly the BEST Klezmer of all time!

This album is a thrill from beginning to end- but "NY Psycho Freylechs" alone is amazing! A must for anyone who loves Klez or world music!


wonderful. listening to klezmatics is such a mechaiyeh.


Formed: 1985 in New York City, NY

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Klezmatics take one of the wildest approaches to klezmer, the traditional dance music of the Eastern European Jews. Although their music is heavily influenced by the recordings of Abe Ellstein and Dave Tarras in the 1940s and 1950s, their lyrics comment on a wide variety of political and social issues and have led the group to be labeled "the planet's radical Jewish roots band." The original members of the Klezmatics — Dave Lindsay (bass), Rob Chavez (clarinet), Alicia Svigals (fiddle)...
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