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by Dan McClenaghan
Emerging from the ranks of the Boston area's Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, Naftule's Dream began with John Zorn's Tzadik Records when the label was young, offering up on the imprint Search for the Golden Dreydl (1997), Smash, Clap! (1998) and Job (2001). One thing about a large scale klezemer band--it offers up plenty of opportunity for madcap dervish dance shenanigans. Naftule's Blood, a pared down form of the genre--a sextet--loses none of that aspect. Blood embraces klezmer rhythms and ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Okay, you have your clarinet and your accordion. A relative predominance of minor Jewish folk melodies. More than ample foot-stomping beats. But does that make it klezmer? Yes and no. Naftule's Dream has crafted a postmodern deconstruction of klezmer which sneaks in such dominant instruments as the electric guitar and the tuba (!). That makes their sound but a distant cousin of the music most people outside the Faith don't tend to listen to very often. And for those (like ...read more
by Mark Corroto
The 1990s saw a resurrection of musical styles from ska and big band swing to Klezmer. Like the hype, most of these revivals soon faded. But funny thing is Klezmer continues to stick around. The traditional Klezmer bands have given way to offshoots into the avant- and jazz, and this is where a novelty gets interesting.
Naftule’s Dream is the avant-child of clarinetist Glenn Dickson’s Shirim Klezmer Orchestra. Where SKO preserves the traditional Klezmer, Naftule’s Dream extends ...read more